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Cardboard caskets cut costs

The Egyptians built massive pyramids to be the ceremonial resting places of the pharaohs, and countries around the world have long given the dead elaborate burials. Now a Swedish pathologist has designed a new casket that he claims is suited to the less ceremonial 1980s. It is made of wax-impregnated corrugated cardboard and is said to be just as durable as an ordinary pine box. With its outer finish of imitation oak or walnut, it even resembles a wooden casket. Promoters point out that the cardboard model can be shipped flat to reduce transportation costs, conserves scarce natural...

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