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 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.
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.
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”
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.
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 of £1,595 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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”
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.
All our crematoriums have mercury abatement technology installed which reduces air pollution. Further nitrogen oxide (NOx) filtration is installed at the following crematoriums where we do our utmost to ensure an unattended Go Greener cremation will take place:
These locations already account for 19% 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.
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
Below are a selection of reviews from those who have arranged a funeral or purchased a funeral plan through Distinct Cremations.
"I can't recommend Distinct Cremations enough. I felt like my hand was held throughout the entire process. A wonderful team. Look no further than Distinct Cremations, first class! Credit to Grace J and colleagues. Thank you."
"When you receive news of a loved family member in time of need or passing, the worries of many things arise. Consider contacting Distinct Cremations. My personal experience has been positive, in that their professional support had helped to provide a dignified service & cremation for the family to attend. They explained clearly what was available & when it would be able at the time of contact & positive communication throughout. They were recommended I've chosen to say thank you."
"Great service and easy to fill in forms. Everything you need to take care of my unattended funeral leaving the family to celebrate my life with everything taken care of by Distinct Cremations."
"The help and support I received was phenomenal. In both cases, my friends were fetched from where they were and it was all sorted by Distinct Cremations personnel themselves. I can only say that I have just paid for my own cremation too and feel very relieved that it would make things so much easier for my children that live all over the world. I can really recommend making a timely decision about what happens after you die. This will bring immense peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones that stay behind."
"This was our first experience of using a direct cremation service and we weren't sure what to expect. We were guided through the process by our own personal assistant who explained our options. Once we had made a decision on the type of service we wanted she advised us what we needed to do at every step of the way. She kept in regular contact to make sure we were happy and to answer any questions we had. The end-to-end service was very efficient and clearly explained by sensitive staff who were always available to answer any questions. We would highly recommend Distinct Cremations."
“We were very impressed with the service provided by Distinct Cremations from start to finish. All the people who dealt with Dad's cremation were kind and compassionate, particularly Alice who took our initial call, and Stephen who handled things from then on. They kept us informed about developments every step of the way and made us feel welcome to ask if ever we had any queries. The whole process was carried out in a professional yet sympathetic way. Would definitely recommend these people if you are considering a direct cremation for your loved one.”
“Exceptional service, everything was taken care of by kind and considerate staff making a very difficult time easier to bear by removing the stress of organising and planning a funeral. We can now plan how to celebrate my father's life together as a family and at a time of our choosing. Everything was taken care of with the staff involved keeping me informed at every stage, they made me feel that Dad was being cared for.”