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LU develops eco-responsible furniture-coffin to promote green funerals

LU develops eco-responsible furniture-coffin to promote green funerals

To promote sustainable development and the use of eco-coffins, Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative (LEI) has taken the lead in developing dual-use coffins and designed a bookshelf to house ornaments, books and documents, which can easily be converted into a coffin.


These coffins are made of sustainable, high-quality birch and spruce plywood from northern European forests, and fulfill strict requirements for wood-based materials in terms of environmental friendliness, strength and durability.


Dr Albert Ko Wing-yin, Director of the Lingnan Entrepreneurship Initiative (left), Ms Grace Yeung, Executive Director of Forget Thee Not (right).


The LU team is collaborating with Forget Thee Not, a social enterprise promoting green burial and funerals for the project.


Dr Albert Ko Wing-yin, Director of the LEI and project leader, said: “We are taking the initiative in introducing new ways and means of protecting the environment by redesigning the coffin and improving its functions and usability. People can have a set of environmentally friendly bookshelves that literally last a lifetime, and then accompany them for the funeral rituals.”


Sponsored by LU’s Support Fund for 2020 Graduates, LEI has recruited two students to work on this project and will continue to collaborate with Forget Thee Not, training students to organise public education events and workshops to promote coffins as furniture and planning for end-of-life care.

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LEI has taken the lead in developing                                   LEI designs furniture that can be 
dual-use coffins as furniture for                                          conveniently reassembled into coffins.
environmental purposes.