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Claudia Melo

http://www.claudiamelo-arquitectura.com/

Calçada da Boa Hora 71 3º esquerdo, Lisbon, Portugal
I have a MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering from University College London ́s Bartlett School of Graduate Studies. My research was published and presented in the most important conferences, namely PLEA , Sustainable Buildings and CLIMA. I gave classes to post-graduate students in a high reputation university, IST, in Lisbon. I have more than 20 years of architectural practice, 10 of which in sustainable architecture.

Upcycle Coffins


Upcycle Coffins


Ecological, beautiful, recycled and cheap coffins for burial or cremation in respect to the environment and personal beliefs
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Type of project
  • New areas of operation

It is important to promote alternative materials and solutions with respect to human and nature´s life cycle and personal ecological beliefs. Mainstream coffins use wood for burial and cremation that in addition have toxic finishes, embalming chemicals, chemically treated lawns or synthetic tissues that slow decomposition of the body, contaminate the soil, release toxic gases during cremation and promote deforestation.
UPCycle Coffins :
-use recycled doors and wood from waste construction without painting and varnish that can save thousands of trees. Wood is a non-sustainable resource and it is estimated that 20% of the world’s remaining forests are intact;
-buried old wood and biomass help body decomposition which is essential to prevent soil contamination. Also, fast decomposition releases space for future burials and helps land management;
-do not use paint, varnish and metal (inert) preventing land contaminating and later by rainwater, the groundwater.


Upcycle Coffins


Upcycle Coffins


Ecological, beautiful, recycled and cheap coffins for burial or cremation in respect to the environment and personal beliefs
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

It is important to promote alternative materials and solutions with respect to human and nature´s life cycle and personal ecological beliefs. Mainstream coffins use wood for burial and cremation that in addition have toxic finishes, embalming chemicals, chemically treated lawns or synthetic tissues that slow decomposition of the body, contaminate the soil, release toxic gases during cremation and promote deforestation.
UPCycle Coffins :
-use recycled doors and wood from waste construction without painting and varnish that can save thousands of trees. Wood is a non-sustainable resource and it is estimated that 20% of the world’s remaining forests are intact;
-buried old wood and biomass help body decomposition which is essential to prevent soil contamination. Also, fast decomposition releases space for future burials and helps land management;
-do not use paint, varnish and metal (inert) preventing land contaminating and later by rainwater, the groundwater.



Idea by

Claudia Melo
Calçada da Boa Hora 71 3º esquerdo
Lisbon
Portugal
I have a MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering from University College London ́s Bartlett School of Graduate Studies. My research was published and presented in the most important conferences, namely PLEA , Sustainable Buildings and CLIMA. I gave classes to post-graduate students in a high reputation university, IST, in Lisbon. I have more than 20 years of architectural practice, 10 of which in sustainable architecture.