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Mean Mama
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Posted - 04/05/2011 :  3:31:11 PM  Show Profile Send Mean Mama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,2056346,00.html?hpt=C2 This article caught my eye . . . something I never would have thought of!

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kkknitter
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Posted - 04/05/2011 :  4:02:50 PM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Why not, I guess it would keep me warm:-)

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 04/05/2011 :  5:15:31 PM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's great! I want one!

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LJ
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Posted - 04/05/2011 :  5:25:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hmm, I might have to start knitting one with the all the single skeins of Cascade 220 I've collected. It will be colorful!

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hillstreetmama
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Posted - 04/07/2011 :  12:07:23 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Now, really, if Clara had posted this story, you would expect the date to be April 1st. Yes, it's "green", but as soon as the ground is wet, that cardboard and wool casket will collapse, won't it? Somehow, the idea of having wet wool in my face as I decompose....

How about a wool cremation shroud?

Jan
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Clara
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  12:59:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have to say, I checked that story SEVERAL TIMES before adding it to the newsletter. Because it seemed like, well, just like you said. Like an April Fools joke.

But if you think about it, for a long time everybody in England had to be buried in a wool shroud. It was decreed by law (as part of several laws they enacted to protect the wool market). So... this is more of a returning to their roots, as it were.

Clara
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weavingway
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Posted - 04/11/2011 :  07:00:54 AM  Show Profile Send weavingway a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I loved them. The price of caskets and vaults are so expensive. This way everything decomposes and simply goes to earth. How could a fiber lover not like this.
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Posted - 04/12/2011 :  07:51:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think it's an excellent idea. I'm all for greening of funerals.

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 04/12/2011 :  08:25:41 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OK, this may be a little grisly, but i thought it was interesting. My boyfriend and I live down the street from a former funeral home, and one day we got to talking with a woman who used to work there. She told us that when the body is dead and above ground for 5 days, that's when the law requires that preservatives--nasty, toxic, long-lasting, stinky--be used. So, if you can have your wool casket on standby and can manage to get underground in less than five days, you can avoid the use of said toxic ick and have a much greener decomposition.

Robinsteph

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