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SA funeral home sets itself apart with its bespoke coffin range

Eco-friendly and custom printed coffins are definitely a unique way to be remembered.

Friends and family can now personalise a loved one's coffin thanks to the efforts of Andrew, manager of funeral home Tony Wyllie and Co.

(Also read our article: Urban Death Project - giving new meaning to life after death)

Wyllie has collaborated with a local manufacturer, that produces eco-friendly custom coffins and caskets.

They can be designed to include digitally-printed artworks, hobbies, memorable places, family moments and farewell messages on a loved one's final resting place.

According to Wyllie, the local funeral industry is not well regulated and requires innovation for established practitioners to set themselves apart.

We need start changing people's perceptions to start celebrating life. We have teamed up with the producers of the image coffins and we'll be the first in South Africa to start retailing them.

Andrew Wyllie, manager of Tony Wyllie and Co

Wyllie says that the bespoke coffins produce 40% less carbon emissions into the environment than cremation.

More than 15, 000 have been sold each year in countries like Australia, Belgium and Germany and the image coffins are produced in Cape Town.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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