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Hollywood film stars eco-coffins

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The recycled environmentally friendly coffins will star in Powder Blue

Environmentally-friendly coffins made in Cambridgeshire are featuring in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Eco Coffins Ltd, based in Little Eversen, near Cambridge, were asked if their cardboard coffins could be used throughout the film Powder Blue.

The film is about a funeral director and stars Forest Whitaker, Patrick Swayze, and Jessica Biel. It was due to be released in the US on 31 December.

Nick Brealey from Eco Coffins Ltd said it was a "great opportunity".

American interest

He said: "It's a great opportunity for us.

"More and more people in the UK are using environmentally-friendly coffins.

"Our coffins use recycled cardboard and not chipboard, which releases formaldehyde when they're burnt or buried.

"We are starting to look at exporting to America as we have a lot of interest from there, because they don't have anything like it."

One of the main characters of Powder Blue is a funeral director so the coffins will frequently appear on-screen.

The Eco Coffins Ltd branding will also feature on the side of buses in the film.

Singer Robbie Williams has used one of the company's coffins in a music video.

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