A NORTH-EAST coffin-maker has developed a casket made from wool.

JC Atkinson and Son, based in Washington, Wearside, was approached by Hainsworth, a Yorkshire-based textile firm, to develop the coffins.

The coffins are made from pure wool and are supported on a recycled cardboard frame.

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All the materials are biodegradable and suitable for cremation or burial.

Managing director Julian Atkinson said: “This brings something completely new to the coffin market.

“For our company, one of the most important things is the environmental credentials of the materials.

“The wool has a truly green lineage being British, natural, sustainable and biodegradable.

The coffins will carry the British Wool Mark and use 100 per cent British wool.

“Recycled cardboard is used and all the materials, including the packaging, are biodegradable.

“As the coffins are manufactured in Yorkshire, the distribution costs are minimal and there is the added benefit of boosting a local economy in a traditional manufacturing sector.”

The coffins will be manufactured by Hainsworth at its Leeds mill and distributed by JC Atkinson.

The company, which has a £4.5m turnover and employs 75 people, was named by The Sunday Times as best green company last year.