Never say never, but it looks as though cremation systems are here to stay
It may sound incredible now, but less than 150 years ago cremations, as we know them today, did not exist in the UK. It was only in March 1885 that Britain’s first official cremation of a human body took place in Woking, Surrey, whereas today almost 80 per cent of UK funerals now involve modern, high-tech cremation systems. Other than burial, more ‘creative’ funeral techniques have recently been introduced. One of these is bio cremation in which water-based alkaline hydrosis is used to decompose the body. An even more recent innovation is a compost funeral, where the body is composted to become re-usable soil. Yes, Matthews Environmental Solutions (MES) may be one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of advanced cremation systems, but right now we do not envisage composting replacing cremations as a popular funeral choice.
According to reports that we have read, the composting process involves laying down the body in a closed, reusable vessel and covering it with wood chips, alfalfa and hay. This is then sealed away in a hexagonal tube. It is claimed that the body will decompose completely within four to seven weeks and that it creates about a ‘cubic yard of soil per person’.
Friends and family will then be able to take the soil and use it to plant a tree or spread onto the garden.
The MES Novus™ Cremation Systems are recognised around the world as being the gold standard of cremation technology. Novus™ cremation systems can be customised or can be individually designed and engineered to match every possible requirement. They are made with a 25-year obsolescence life (constantly exceeded) that is reinforced by high-grade refractories operational at 75 per cent to 100 per cent in excess of normally anticipated operating temperatures. This ensures that no maintenance work is required within the first 10-years of operation.
With state-of-the-art programmable controls, plus the highest level of fuel efficiency and cost-effectiveness Novus™ cremation systems are designed to meet the world’s most stringent environmental standards.
It will be interesting to see if, in the future, composting does become a viable alternative to cremation systems. Let’s put it this way, at the moment we at MES are not rushing to redevelop our world-renowned human cremation technology expertise in order to build composting equipment.
If you would like to discuss your own cremation systems requirements and to discover just how we can assist you to either establish or update your crematorium plans please do not hesitate to contact us. You can call us on +44 (0)161 337 4488. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can send us an online message using the form that can be found on our Contact page.