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Spain: Cardboard coffins on sale for Spaniards hit by crisis01:02

Spain: Cardboard coffins on sale for Spaniards hit by crisis

Spain, Valencia
May 22, 2013 at 19:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spain: Cardboard coffins on sale for Spaniards hit by crisis

The twelth edition of the Funermostra funeral products fair showcased a recycable coffin on Wednesday in Valencia to cater to a more economically feasible funeral given the suicide rise since Spain's economic crisis. The innovative company RestGreen presented a series of biodegradable products made with cardboard, designed for cremation and fully customisable.

"The main novelty of our coffin is that it is made from recycled material, it meets all the regulations made in Spain, and is approved by the Ministry of Health. We also have the ability to sell customised, as you can see back there," said Javier Ferrandiz Moreno, the companies representative at the fair explained the benefits of having a biodegradable coffin. "We understand that there is a focus on cremation. Why? Because there is a growth around 30 per cent annually, and we understand that this would be very beneficial towards energy conservation, and would contaminate a lot less than the traditional and its much more economically feasible for families."

The event was organised by Feria Valencia, a company which offers roughly 40 trade events per year Some of the most buzzed about creations at Funermostra this year include web services to recall the deceased, online platforms where tombstones can be designed by customers, electric hearses and Spain's first approved cardboard funeral boxes. It was spread over 2,500 meters and included sectors such as insurers, tombstones and sculptures, floral ornamentation, crematoria and autopsy tables and refrigerators.

According to statistics from the organisation Stop Desuhucious, 34% of Spain's suicides arise because of home evictions due to the economic crisis. Eviction-related suicides became common when more than 500 people were being evicted from their homes daily in November 2012, at which point Spain erected a law easing eviction rules for families with at least three children.

With an unemployment rate of around 26%, the second highest in the European Union (EU), many cannot afford their mortgages. Spanish law allows a home to be appraised for 60% of its current value even after the home is confiscated by the bank. This means that the evicted party still owes the outstanding sum and any legal fees, leaving them potentially both homeless and indebted.

The suicides and evictions in Spain have given rise to protests and extensive media coverage, making Funermostra an especially significant trade-fair and phenomena in Spain.

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Spain: Cardboard coffins on sale for Spaniards hit by crisis

The twelth edition of the Funermostra funeral products fair showcased a recycable coffin on Wednesday in Valencia to cater to a more economically feasible funeral given the suicide rise since Spain's economic crisis. The innovative company RestGreen presented a series of biodegradable products made with cardboard, designed for cremation and fully customisable.

"The main novelty of our coffin is that it is made from recycled material, it meets all the regulations made in Spain, and is approved by the Ministry of Health. We also have the ability to sell customised, as you can see back there," said Javier Ferrandiz Moreno, the companies representative at the fair explained the benefits of having a biodegradable coffin. "We understand that there is a focus on cremation. Why? Because there is a growth around 30 per cent annually, and we understand that this would be very beneficial towards energy conservation, and would contaminate a lot less than the traditional and its much more economically feasible for families."

The event was organised by Feria Valencia, a company which offers roughly 40 trade events per year Some of the most buzzed about creations at Funermostra this year include web services to recall the deceased, online platforms where tombstones can be designed by customers, electric hearses and Spain's first approved cardboard funeral boxes. It was spread over 2,500 meters and included sectors such as insurers, tombstones and sculptures, floral ornamentation, crematoria and autopsy tables and refrigerators.

According to statistics from the organisation Stop Desuhucious, 34% of Spain's suicides arise because of home evictions due to the economic crisis. Eviction-related suicides became common when more than 500 people were being evicted from their homes daily in November 2012, at which point Spain erected a law easing eviction rules for families with at least three children.

With an unemployment rate of around 26%, the second highest in the European Union (EU), many cannot afford their mortgages. Spanish law allows a home to be appraised for 60% of its current value even after the home is confiscated by the bank. This means that the evicted party still owes the outstanding sum and any legal fees, leaving them potentially both homeless and indebted.

The suicides and evictions in Spain have given rise to protests and extensive media coverage, making Funermostra an especially significant trade-fair and phenomena in Spain.

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