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Jute revival for green funerals
Jute could provide an alternative to traditional wooden coffins
A Dundee company is hoping to revive the city's jute industry by selling coffins made from the material.

J Funerals, established during Dundee's reign over jute manufacturing, has been continuing to find new and innovative ways of using jute.

It currently makes shrouds, linings and urns from the biodegradable fibre, and it has now developed jute coffins.

Managing director Sandra Thomson said the coffins would be ideal for people seeking an eco-friendly funeral.

"It started as a dream," she said.

"I have a huge passion for jute and was determined that jute was not going to die out of Dundee."

Production manager David Wilkie said jute made a suitable alternative to wood.

He said: "The jute board is comprised of many layers of jute felt which are compressed and the outcome is something similar to wood.

"We have had a coffin assembled and it meets pretty well all the requirements of a normal wooden coffin."

Ms Thomson added that while jute was not yet a fair trade product, the company was using ethically-managed factories in Bangladesh and India.

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