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The title "Wearing the Wooden Coat" was coined in the movie, "Gangs of New York" which starred Daniel Day-Lewis as Jack the Butcher, and Leonardo DiCaprio as Amsterdam. The scene in which the line is said occurs when the Butcher's front-man, tells Amsterdam the fate of a man known as Priest. Who happens to be Amsterdam's father although, the Butcher and his gang doesn't know it yet. I thought the line to be a curious one, and it got me thinking about the whole concept of burying the dead, and the need to place dead bodies in "wooden coats" or caskets.
Today, we find ourselves in a reality in which we are forced to realized that our planet is in dire straits, and that years of striping vast forests to wastelands, and by over stretching the earth's ability to reproduce many of it's natural by-products; has reached it's boiling point. For centuries now, humans have over extended their earthly abode without thoughts toward the future. As we still continue to pollute our waterways, or grossly contaminate the atmosphere with harmful fossil fuels- living in denial as to our direct responsibility for the situation, and ignoring vital opportunities to provide solutions to our dilemma- has anyone thought about what the past two hundred years of using harsh chemicals known as embalming fluid is doing to our underground water tables? Have you thought about it lately? Not to mention all the lead lined coffins buried down there too. The underground concrete vaults that coffins are placed into aren't going to last forever. First of all, concrete is a porous material. Water can seep into a concrete vault, just as easily as expired embalming fluids leak out. It's all the same in that sense.
Could this be an area in particular, in which day-to-day people, could have a direct impact on the environment in a positive way? Now just think about that for a second or two. I think could be. One only has to look at a coffin, to see the waste of wood, silk, brass, copper, bronze, and other earthly resources, which go into making an average size coffin today. The wood alone that would be saved from this would have a huge effect on the over reaching demand that has left vital forests such as the Yucatan and Amazon Rain Forests bare. The average size of a "wooden coat" is 4' x 12'. That's a total of 48 sq ft' of dirt for just the hole. Coffins alone take up 36 cubic feet of space.
If everyone in the world is buried in a permanent grave when they die, how much space is used in a year?
In a decade?
How long will it take before there is no longer land left on the planet to bury the dead or sow crops for that matter?
The Results: If everyone who died last year was buried in a 4' x 10' plot, over 80 square miles of land would have been used in that one year. To put it in perspective, the land used would equal the total land mass size of the state of Rhode Island in ten short years. —Yahoo Answers
Whether we want to admit it or not, coffins are nothing more than an over-priced, storage unit for biodegradable waste..., human or otherwise. That's the ironic part too. Human decomposition is biodegradable! Its good for the environment. Human decomposition promotes plant life, puts nitrogen back into the soil, and feeds wildlife. With the staggering cost of natural resources going higher, and the endangerment of the planet on a global scale, don't you think now is the time for people to rethink the American funeral traditions? Americans need to start coming up with a biodegradable solution to the potential problem, which need to be environmentally responsible but, more importantly would still appease the religious zealots out there! Even in death, Americans tend to think only of their own selfish wants, needs, and desires, even if that means consuming a natural resource to the brink of endangerment. Can you say the American Buffalo? Well land is just as important. However, sooner rather than later, people won't be given a choice. While we still can choose our own fates and funerals, Americans need to come up with new and inventive green funeral ideas. If we choose to continue to ignore this issue, we will quickly run out of precious time to change things according to our religious terms. Land will run out. Water tables are already heavily polluted. So with that said, the opportunity to change things on our terms is now. I see a future where cremation will be the only logical choice. Seeing how cremation does not fit well into the ideology of many religious faiths, shouldn't religious communities be concerned with this? I also happen to personally feel that it should be the religious communities (especially those religious sects dead-set on burying dead people in lavish trash cans called caskets) responsibility to lead a unified, environmentally prudent, charge of action. God so created the earth....., need I say more?
It's time we went Green..., religiously speaking! They seem to be the only ones left in the Dark Ages.
- Coffin maker thinks outside the box - Business - Small business - What Were They Thinking? - msnbc.c
Some say death is no laughing matter, but one British casket maker is ready and willing to send you off to your eternal rest in a "crazy coffin." Vic Fearn & Company Limited say they are now doing a roaring business in customized caskets for peo