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Venezuelans choose 'bio-coffins' in tough times

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Venezuelans choose 'bio-coffins' in tough times

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>> Eco-friendly cardboard coffins finding a market in recession hit Venezuela. With a wooden coffin costing about $280 US, that's 12 times the minimum monthly salary. The bio-coffin is turning out to be a hot seller in a country where people are struggling to put food on the table. This cardboard box costs just $65 US, slashing funeral costs as much as 80%, according to funeral home owner Miguel Salazar.
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This is an extraordinary idea which is an alternative to all the problems that we're going through, a shortage of raw material and the distribution of traditional coffins. This is a fairly original system.>>
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> Made of recycled corrugated fiberboard, the bio-coffin is light, can hold up to 500 pounds and can be put together in less than 10 minutes.
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300 bio-coffins can be made with the number of trees required to build a single wooden coffin. Venezuela's deep economic crisis has also triggered shortages of raw materials and that includes the stuff needed to make coffins, like brass, varnish and satin. According to the national chamber for funeral companies, coffin production has dropped some 50% in recent months.
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But funerals are still skyrocketing, as violent crime led to at least 11,000 untimely deaths in Venezuela last year.