What is an alternative container?

The law requires that a deceased person be in some kind of container during the cremation process. This can be a wood casket designed for cremation (combustible) or possibly an Eco-friendly casket. The minimal container is a cardboard box. This called an “alternative” container.

cardboard casket

An alternative container holds the body of the deceased and is generally less expensive than a metal casket. It is made of unfinished wood, fiberboard, pressed wood, or composition materials, and lacks fine finish or ornamentation. Alternative containers are often chosen for cremations due to their combustible nature. Alternative containers may also be the preferred container for direct burials or green buri