The Straits Times: Singapore inventor to send 100 Eco-ffins

Seen in The Straits Times – A story about a man sending eco coffins to Japan.

The eco coffin is a wonderful sustainable alternative to hardwood coffins, and a fantastic invention.

Singapore inventor to send 100 Eco-ffins

PLANS are under way for a Singaporean inventor to ship at least 100 of his environmentally-friendly coffins to Japan.

The lightweight Eco-ffins created by Dr Ng Khee Yang, 47, are made of cardboard, plywood and compressed wood dust. These materials burn more quickly than that of a regular coffin and as a result, use less fuel.

It is intended to help overcome the reported shortage of fuel for cremation and coffins in villages and small towns that have been overwhelmed by the thousands who died after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit north-east Japan on March 11.

Said Dr Ng, a director of the Centre for Applications in Environmental Technology at Singapore Polytechnic: ‘I see it as a duty to use my product to meet just one of the many needs in Japan.’

Japan’s death toll has exceeded 9,700 and about 16,500 people are missing.

Although the dead need to be removed from the open quickly to avoid the spread of waterborne diseases, returning volunteers from Singapore non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had indicated that relief efforts were focused on helping the living, he said.

Image taken from The Straits Times

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