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Eco-friendly funerals panel event
An eco-friendly funeral can be a powerful parting gift to the planet. As part of Great Big Green week, find out from our expert panel how to have a greener funeral and what difference it makes.

The event is for anyone who’s interested in sustainability, climate change and making greener choices, as well as those wondering what the future might hold for the funeral sector.

You'll hear about progress made, future possibilities and choices you can make now for a greener funeral. There will also be time for questions.

We’d love you to come along and to invite friends, clients or colleagues too.

Sep 23, 2021 07:00 PM in London

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Sarah Bax
Client Support Adviser @Poppy's
Sarah is a first point of contact for anybody who has questions about funerals and death care at Poppy's. She is also leading Poppy's journey towards becoming accredited as a B Corp. This involves understanding and measuring the impact that Poppy's has upon the planet and upon people. It's a deeply rigorous process and it's challenging us to consider how we can operate in a more sustainable way.
Katrina Spade
Founder @Recompose
Katrina is the founder and CEO of Recompose, is the inventor of a system that transforms the dead into soil. In 2020 Recompose became the first full-service funeral home in the world to offer natural organic reduction, or human composting. Katrina has been featured in Fast Company, NPR, the Atlantic, BBC, and the New York Times. She is an Echoing Green Fellow and an Ashoka fellow.
Ken West MBE
Ken spent 45 years working in and managing bereavement services before he retired in 2006. He began the first individual burial of stillbirths in the 1970s, introduced natural burial, opening the world's first site in Carlisle in 1993, wrote the Charter for the Bereaved, and 'A Guide to Natural Burial' (2010) and 'R.I.P. Off or The British Way of Death' in 2012.
Sophie Carabine (Chair)
Founder @The Corpse Project
Sophie Carabine was the founder of The Corpse Project which explored options for the body after death from environmental and cultural perspectives. This included work with the trans community and Muslim teenagers in the UK. She has been CEO of a number of organisations, including the National Forest, a major green regeneration project in the Midlands, England. She has chaired a board for the potato industry, chaired TREE AID which works in some of the driest land on earth and recently had a not too successful foray into academia. She has a PhD based on the lives of adults with learning disabilities and an OBE (a rather uber-establishment UK honour) for services to the environment. Her BLM banner is 'White Grans for Black Lives'.