In recent years, many of us have become more environmentally conscious, and want to make sure we do our bit to protect the planet as best we can. That's why at Distinct Cremations, we've introduced our Go Greener funeral option.

For just £100 we'll offset the carbon emissions from the collection of the deceased, the unattended or attended cremation service and the return of ashes. Our green funerals use a coffin made from wood fibre containing a mix of virgin, recovered and recycled fibre and we’ll arrange for a tree to be planted here in the UK as a natural solution to tackle climate change.

Arrange an eco-friendly funeral today with Distinct Cremations.

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A Go Greener funeral with Distinct Cremations

The team here at Distinct Cremations are on a mission to do our best for the planet, and are proud to be able to share it with our customers. We have chosen to partner with Greenr to help us offset the carbon emissions produced from our private ambulances when we collect the deceased, the cremation itself, and the personal return of the ashes. Our Go Greener option also includes a sustainable coffin, and we'll arrange for a tree to be planted here in the UK.

We are part of the Westerleigh Group, which is well on its way to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2032. For example, an unattended cremation with our Go Greener option means the cremation will take place at a Westerleigh Group crematorium, that has both state-of-the-art mercury abatement and nitrogen oxide (NOx) filtration installed to help reduce air pollution. By 2032, all of our crematoriums will have this technology installed.

Here is some more detail about where your money goes when you choose to make your legacy green.

Planting a tree

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At the point of purchasing a green funeral or a funeral plan we'll arrange for a tree to be planted here in the UK as a natural solution to tackle climate change.

Trees naturally absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.

Sustainable coffin

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As part of our Go Greener option, the coffin provided for the cremation is made from wood fibre containing a mix of virgin, recovered and recycled fibre.

This type of coffin uses up to 80% fewer trees to produce.*

*LifeArt 2023 “compared to veneered coffins manufactured from MDF or Particleboard”

Carbon offsetting

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Unavoidable carbon produced from our services will be carbon offset by investing in green projects like wind power and afforestation with Greenr.

20% of these projects will take place in the UK.

Why choose a green funeral?

All anyone can do to help the environment is what’s within their power, and green funerals offer the day-to-day people a simple yet powerful way to make a tangible difference.

Adding Go Greener to your cremation service or plan means, not only are you saving money and alleviating stress for your loved ones, you are also leaving a small gift for future generations around the world. Whether that’s less air pollution in your local community, or the growth of a tree to help recycle the air we all breathe.

What better way to acknowledge our place in the cycle of life than to give back to the planet that provided for us through the ups and downs?

How much does an eco-friendly funeral cost?

For a small additional charge of £100, all of our direct cremation funerals, funeral plans and payment options offer the choice to Go Greener.

Plus, with the option to pay for your eco-friendly cremation plan in monthly instalments for up to 10 years, choosing to go green has never been easier and more affordable.

Is cremation eco-friendly?

There is concern that the UK is gradually running out of space to bury the deceased. Traditional burials have also been argued to contribute to CO2 emissions through transportation of the deceased, and even releasing land-locked CO2 during the burial process. Therefore, in terms of land preservation, direct cremations offer a practical, low-cost solution.

However, cremation providers are aware that there is still work to be done to meet measures to protect the environment.

At Distinct Cremations, we’re always innovating ways to reduce our carbon emissions, so you can arrange a funeral with a clear environmental conscience. Partnering with Greenr means that our unavoidable carbon emissions are offset by investing in things like green energy.

A direct cremation plan with our Go Greener option means the cremation will take place at a Westerleigh Group crematorium. In 2021, Westerleigh Group was the first cremation authority in the UK to officially adopt the new Environmental Policy Statement introduced by the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA).

We pledge that, by 2032, all of our crematoriums will have mercury abatement and nitrogen oxide (NOx) filtration installed, to help reduce air pollution.

Find out more about our funeral plans

A Distinct Cremations funeral plan gives you peace of mind knowing that funeral costs are covered and protected. Acceptance is guaranteed with no medical questions.

You can pay one payment from just £1,699 or with monthly payments over 12 months, 5 years or 10 years. Read more about our funeral plans, what's included and the service we provide below.

Or if you prefer, call us on 01543 211997.
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We’re here for you whether you are looking for our direct cremation services today or planning for tomorrow.

Find our services below or alternatively you can view our price list or our CMA standardised price list.

Arrange a Funeral

From £1,199

Whether your loved one has died or is close to passing, our team is available 24/7 to support and talk you through the next steps; from collection and care of your loved one, completion of all paperwork, to the day of the funeral itself.

 

Funeral Plans

From £1,699 or £19.44** per month

Relax knowing that the arrangements are agreed and paid for. There are no medical questions and acceptance is guaranteed. You can also pay in monthly instalments.

** Price advertised is for a 50 year old paying over a 10 year period. Total cost is £2,332.80 and includes administration fees.

Green funerals, also known as eco-friendly or natural funerals, are gaining popularity due to their environmental benefits, cost-effectiveness, and personal connection to nature. They use biodegradable materials and take place in natural settings, conserving resources and reducing carbon footprints.

Overall, they offer a sustainable, meaningful alternative to traditional burials for those seeking to minimise their environmental impact and stay connected to nature.

In general, cremation tends to have higher energy consumption and emissions, while a burial can contribute to land use and chemical contamination. Eco-friendly alternatives, such as green burials or efficient cremation practices can mitigate some of the environmental impacts but ultimately, the eco-friendliness depends on specific practices and choices made.

Carbon offsetting is a way to compensate for producing carbon dioxide emissions by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving elsewhere. Carbon offsetting projects help to combat global climate change as well as caring for local communities.

All the carbon offsetting projects available on the Greenr platform that Distinct Cremations is using for you have the highest credibility and are verified.

Our supplier LifeArt are one of the world’s leaders in environmentally clean coffin and casket technology. Their patented enviroboard coffins and caskets are formed from lightweight sheets made of wood fibres, resulting in a coffin that uses up to 80% fewer trees to produce. * The fibres are obtained from sustainable forestry operations, forestry or agricultural byproducts or recycled wood fibres. Where timber is used, only branches and bark which would otherwise be lost are used.

*LifeArt 2023 “compared to veneered coffins manufactured from MDF or Particleboard”

There is a legal requirement to independently measure emissions emitted by a crematorium annually. These must be submitted to the local authority as evidence of compliance. Data from two Westerleigh Group sites show they are almost “clean to air”. With all our sites planned to have the same technology over the coming years, Westerleigh Group are well on their way to being net zero by 2032. In 2022, Westerleigh Group abated 70% of all cremations* carried out across 37 operational sites which exceeds the government targets of 50%.

*Figures submitted to Crematoria Abatement of Mercury Emissions Organisation (CAMEO)

Currently, the LifeArt coffin is only available in a maximum size of 6’4” x 24” and we are unable to source a larger sustainable coffin. This optional extra may therefore be unsuitable for someone needing a larger coffin.

The following crematoriums have mercury abatement technology installed which reduces air pollution as well as nitrogen oxide (NOx) filtration:

  • Babworth Crematorium
  • Mercia Forest Crematorium
  • New Forest Crematorium
  • North Wiltshire Crematorium
  • Sirhowy Valley Crematorium
  • Stirlingshire Crematorium
  • The Vale Crematorium
  • Waseley Hills Cemetery & Crematorium
  • Arun Crematorium
  • Herne Bay Crematorium

We do our utmost to ensure an unattended Go Greener cremation will take place at one of these crematoriums. These locations already account for 25% of Westerleigh Group’s crematoriums and installing nitrogen oxide (NOx) filtration is a programme Westerleigh Group intend to continue and accelerate over the coming years. By 2032, all crematoriums in our network will have the same environmental credentials as those listed here. Keep checking back as we add more crematoriums to the list. For an attended cremation, you can select any Westerleigh Group crematorium and still include Go Greener.

The Westerleigh Group are the parent company of Distinct Cremations. Together, we are one of the UK’s largest cremation providers. The Westerleigh Group have owned and managed a network of crematoria within the UK for over 30 years.

Westerleigh Group has a strong emphasis on the environmental aspect of its work and has been measuring emissions and investing in the latest energy efficiency for some time. Westerleigh Group’s crematoriums also have extensive and beautiful grounds and offer a unique opportunity to respond to the current biodiversity crisis and offset residual carbon.

By 2032, Westerleigh Group has a target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by continuing to invest in the latest energy-efficient equipment and developing a significant programme of woodland tree planting.

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Greenr is a sustainable software company that has helped us calculate the environmental impact of our activities and services. Greenr has advised us which offsetting projects would be the most appropriate to maximise our positive effects on the planet.

We will use a well-known national charity to facilitate the planting of a tree to ensure the tree is planted here in the UK. When you buy one of our funeral plans, we will arrange this. So even though the cremation won’t be required yet, the environmental benefits of you adding the Go Greener option start now. If you are arranging a cremation today, we’ll arrange for the tree to be planted within a month of the cremation date.

One of the UK’s best value direct cremation services, delivered with a caring and compassionate heart

Not only are our funerals carried out with love and care, but we also offer one of the UK’s best value services.

From your very first phone call, right through to the hand delivery of the ashes, you can rest assured that you will be in the most caring and attentive hands with Distinct Cremations

Our caring team are here 24/7 to support you through the most difficult of times

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Below are a selection of reviews from those who have purchased a funeral through Distinct Cremations.

From the very first phone call I felt things were going to be handled well. Kindness compassion and helpful ness were shown throughout. I was kept informed about all the details and the person delivering the ashes was so respectful and kind taking the time to ask about my husbands life. This is who will handle my cremation.
Received excellent service from Distinct Cremations. The passing of my stepfather was very distressing and emotional time for my family. David at DC kept us up to date with the arrangements, and talked us through each step of the plan, and kept the admin to a minimum. The cost of the Direct cremation was as advertised, which I found to be good value. Thank you everyone at DC.
Excellent service. Professional but still friendly considering the subject being discussed can be awkward for some people.
Very good very helpful customer service Price was very competitive overall very happy
Polite prompt friendly service
Great service, easy to arrange. Very friendly people
Very easy to set up.
Excellent service from Distinct Cremations. My contact was Kerry who was extremely efficient, polite, professional and thoughtful. Every step of my father's cremation was very well explained from start to finish with plenty of contact but only when required. Thank you for a smooth process. I have no issues at all with Distinct and my husband and I will be taking out a plan ourselves in the near future.
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