Disguise the smell of death with a hemp-based natural-death casket

Death by “natural” means is just not something that’s very fashionable these days, even in the world of hair coloring and pothead funeral services.

After all, most of us feel that getting back to nature in death is the right choice, though, does anyone really see a limited-edition cannabis-scented coffin … with plugs for your solar panels, a cluster of hemp sachets and a bouquet of needle-in-a-haystack flowers?

Maybe they’re selling them, but we can’t be sure. What we know for sure is that there are people out there who believe that outfitting your death house with a bit of green might actually be a way to be sure you will be a stickler with respect to the environment, and that may be the case, for some.

If your hippie cred is on the wane, you are certainly not alone. These days, it appears, everything — from Google Maps to Porta potties — is increasingly becoming environmentally friendly. At least that is according to Henchmen Biodiversified Solutions, an Iowa-based company that makes the Northern Botanix, a casket made of locally grown, responsibly farmed rice that comes with a “range of hemp-fueled power-efficient ceramic trough toilets.” It is also made from a corn-based fiber.

Outsourcing the need for cremation to “natural” options like a rice, hemp and corn-based funeral casket appeals to no-vices — and converts. Shayan Tabrizi, who has been contemplating what kind of biofuel-powered funerals he could “hurry up and do,” did just that. However, he did so with a little bit of trepidation.

“I was definitely scared at first,” he admitted. “But once I read about the fungal mats that the molds made from, the smell was actually very pleasant. Now, I’m dying to be green and have a no-digestible-rices funeral.”

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