Eco-friendly Even After Death - Page 2
A green burial reduces environmental impact and conservation easements preserve our open spaces. This is important not only to plants and wildlife but to humans as well because being close to nature improves our sense of well-being.
Of course, there are many options apart from conventional burial. Cremation exits, but it produces air pollution as even the fillings in our teeth contribute to the mercury in the atmosphere. Older burners have been replaced by double burners which burn off many pollutants, however cremation releases dioxin, hydrochloric acid, hydrofluoric acid, sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide. Many don't realize, but cremation requires a container. Choosing green burial that uses simple unlined coffins without chipboard and plastics can help reduce pollution.
The leading reason people chose cremation is that it's less expensive than a traditional burial (which with a service can be more than $7000).
A natural burial in a green cemetery is an affordable cremation alternative. Families do not have to incur the cost of caskets, embalming, or burial vaults.
A shade of green between conventional burial and cremation is burial at sea. Eternalreefs is a company that offers underwater burial at sea in artificial reefs. By mixing cremated remains with concrete, these artificial reefs provide a lasting environmentally friendly memorial for families and individuals that choose cremation.
For a list of green cemeteries in the U.S., visit here.
Any form of burial incurs an environmental cost, but we can choose to pay less, both in terms of real money and in terms of treading lightly, even after we have breathed our last. Be comforted by the thought that the body never dies, it simply changes form. Soil based green burials allow the body to return to the earth, making "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" quite literal.