Image: Perishable coffin at Stafford House
Exhibition of perishable coffins at Stafford House, UK in 1875
- © Australian Museum
Concerns about the impact of materials used in coffin manufacture are not new. In the late 19th century Sir Frances Haden developed wicker coffins, designed to be open at the top and filled with herbs or flowers. Haden opposed cremation, but was an advocate of 'natural' burials that allowed the corpse to decay easily and quickly.