JC Atkinson & Son are the Uk's unrivalled manufacturer of green, envrionmentally friendly coffins and caskets - including picture and coloured coffins. Voted The Times 'Best Green Company 2008'.
JC Atkinson expanded it's marketing and sales department in order serve the majority of the UK, and to better serve its customers.
Greener Goodbyes was developed. A unique and new service to offset the Carbon Footprint of a Funeral and offer green options in one plan.
was launched. JC Atkinson plants a tree for every Country range coffin it makes or sells, planting to date over 10,000 trees.
Carbon Rebalance was introduced on all Country range coffins. For every coffin sold £10.00 is donated to groundwork UK to help families with fuel poverty, using their Green doctor initiative.
Marketing of coffins re organised and re branded to better explain their values. For example our traditional coffins were rebranded into our Heartwood Coffin range.
Foreverurns a new and modern range of ash caskets and keepsakes launched to aid those who wanted to better cater for their ashes after cremation.
J C Atkinson inter reactive “Changing Times” of ash caskets and keepsakes launched to aid those who wanted to better cater for their ashes after cremation.
JC Atkinson gained Forest Stewardship Council® certification and implemented a robust environmental strategy, working to ensure all its coffins were certified, or only used wood from a known and ethical source. It stopped the use of unregulated rain forest mahogany type timbers from its production.
Due to restrictions at the old manufacturing centre, a new purpose built factory was constructed. JC Atkinson moved to its current location in Washington, Tyne and Wear. The build of the factory incorporated many environmentally friendly features. For example; Rain water storage for its own use saving over 200,000 litres of drinking water a year. Biomass combined heat and power system, utilising its own wood waste, the company burnt wood to heat and help power the factory.
The company was overall Winner of the Sunday Times Best Green Company.
Became a Carbon Trust Standard Bearer for reducing it's Co2 emissions year on year.
Won regional and national awards for its Environmental Best Practice.
J C Atkinson offers coffins it does not manufacture like Willow, Seagrass and American caskets to cater for growing diversity and alternative funerals.
J C Atkinson innovates Reflections, then the only picture coffin on the market which was wrapped in printed paper which could have any design to a clients specification.
Julian Atkinson takes over from Alan Atkinson
New purpose built production facility opened
JC Atkinson started to produce ready made coffins.
During the 1960’s Alan Atkinson joined the company after leaving the services, he eventually became Managing Director when John Clifford Atkinson retired.
Production capabilities changed with coffins being made in their entirety. Finished coffins were made from all types of solid wood and veneered beche wood. This later ceased to be replaced with veneered chipboard.
JC Atkinson was founded in 1936 by John Clifford Atkinson (the current owner’s grandfather), he established the business to supply local Funeral Directors (Undertakers) with coffin sets. Customers were regional, and consisted of many colliery Coops, which were established to benefit their customers. Timber was imported and transported by rail from the docks in Sunderland to the rear of the factory using the coal board lines and rolling stock (pre-privatisation).
We know planning a funeral can be a very difficult time. Here at J C Atkinson we would like to make these hard times that little bit easier. Within this website we will try to guide you every step of the way. Offering advice for both during and after a funeral. We have won awards for our care and commitment to the environment this indicates the passion we have in what we do to ensure you get the very best products.
Today many people like to plan their funeral in advance. As part of these arrangements you can choose your coffin or casket. If you wish these details can be registered with us.
We can help you decide on a coffin, this will help your family members at what can be a difficult and upsetting process. We will save your choice/s until they are required.
If you have had the funeral for a loved one who was cremated we have a beautiful range of ash caskets , urns and keepsakes in our Foreverurns range website.
JC Atkinson is committed to environmental best practise we provide the highest quality, ethical products on the market . We have won many national awards.
In life we all have individual tastes and styles so why should a coffin choice be any less individual? We believe that everyone should choose a coffin for themselves or a loved one that expresses that person’s individuality be it traditional or more alternative.
Our coffin ranges cover all types of coffin from traditionally styled wooden coffins to wonderfully expressional picture coffins to more sensitive and softer coffins such as our wool, wicker and bamboo coffins. Use the button below to know more about JC Atkinson and our coffins or scroll up to view our coffin types
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