Biodegradable coffin mattresses offer comfort six feet under

Mollis Lectus, Latin for ‘a soft bed’ provides the mattresses to undertakers in the Netherlands.

FILE: The company is in negotiations to ship them to partners in England. Picture: Freeimages.com.

DORDRECHT - A Dutch company is providing a dignified farewell for the dead with biodegradable mattresses for coffins.

Lydia de Paus, the founder of Mollis Lectus which means 'a soft bed' in Latin, came up with the idea after the death of a friend.

"There was a nice pillow [in the coffin], but no mattress," she said. "It made me think that all people should be able to lie on a mattress with dignity."

The company provides the mattresses to undertakers in the Netherlands and is in negotiations to ship them to partners in England.