Green Funerals

At Distinct Cremations, you can reduce the environmental impact of your funeral by choosing our Go Greener 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. We'll also provide 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.

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A Go Greener funeral with Distinct Cremations

In recent years, many of us have become more environmentally conscious. That's why at Distinct Cremations we've introduced our Go Greener funeral option. Going greener is a conscious step you might like to take to protect the world for future generations.

For a small additional charge of £100, all of our funerals, funeral plans and payment options offer the choice to Go Greener. 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. If you choose an unattended cremation with our Go Greener option, 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 Go Greener.

Planting a tree

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At the point of purchasing a 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.

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.

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.

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 followed their instinct with Distinct and chose to buy a funeral with us.

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Werner 12 Jul 2024
Friendly, pulite and simply SUPER
Nikki 10 Jul 2024
There was nothing too difficult or no question too silly. Every care was taken with all the arrangements and I was kept up to date at all times. I sent through items which were quickly handled and was notified of their receipt and the actions made with them. Even changing things was never too much of a problem.
Anon 27 Jun 2024
The service was first class. Signing up was easy to complete and the follow up call to ensure every thing was as we had expected was a nice personal touch.
John 27 Jun 2024
It was polite, patient and thorough. i was given as much time as I needed to reach a decision.Completely
Anon 30 May 2024
first class
Mark 21 May 2024
Excellent communication, very helpful and we got just what we wanted in a service. Highly recommended and we will use again. Mark Oliver
Anon 2 May 2024
Service very efficient, and comprehensive. Understandably, you "chased me up" when there was a delay in my response to place an order, but this delay was whilst I contacted all those relatives who might have had a view to express.
Anon 24 Apr 2024
I was very happy with the service I received and they are only a phone call away if I or my sons should need advice or help in any way
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