The Bristol Coffin

Handmade in Somerset from recycled pallet wood


100% natural, local, recycled materials

Because we care about the environment as much as you do

We need to talk about coffins

Did you know that the majority of today's coffins are made from laminated chip board and MDF? Materials that are a cocktail of chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), glues and plastics. You wouldn’t put wood like this in your log burner, so why bury it in the ground or send it into a funeral fire?

Added to this are the thousands of miles coffins travel to reach the UK. Most coffins are built in China or Eastern Europe. In fact, the average UK cremation creates as much pollution as a 2,800-mile car journey.

What's the alternative?

Introducing The Bristol Coffin. Lovingly hand crafted from natural, local, recycled materials.

Constructed in our workshop in Weston-super-Mare, our coffins are made from chemical-free pallet wood rescued from the local waste stream. The handles are natural too, made from sisal, while wood toggles hold the lid on.


The Bristol Coffin: £450

Excluding delivery


"Everything we do has an environmental impact. Choosing a locally made, recycled wood coffin helps preserve the planet for future generations."

Tristan, director, Somerset Wood Recycling



  • We have three regular sizes, but we can also make non-standard sizes

  • Made from high-quality, chemical-free wood salvaged from the local waste stream

  • Handles are made from natural sisal fibres

  • We use a minimal number of ferrous screws

  • The coffin lid is held in place by six wooden toggles

  • Plastic free, aside from the liner that is a legal requirement

  • Sturdy and durable

  • Handmade by Somerset Wood Recycling in Weston-super-Mare. We are a social enterprise. Our business activities generate income that keeps the project running and supports the work we do helping disadvantaged people from the local community


Order a coffin

The Bristol Coffin is currently available through Divine Ceremony in Bristol and Co-op Funeralcare in North Somerset.

Alternatively please get in touch to order direct from us.