“Green” Funerals

As the world becomes more environmentally conscience the desire to leave the earth a better place has extended to funerals. Green funeral are way to conduct a persons final arrangement and laying the body to rest in a way that has little impact on the environment. No non-biodegradable goods are used and neither are the harsh chemicals that the funeral industry often relies on.

Embalming is the process of preserving a body. Embalming is not necessary and is most often not required by law. The alternative for those seeking a green funeral is refrigeration or dry ice for body preservation. If embalming is required, those with green practices will choose environmentally friendly chemicals for the process.

It is common practice for a cemetery to require a body that is going to be buried, first be placed in a vault made of metal and concrete. It takes a large amount of energy to construct and transports the heavy vaults. A green cemetery will offer to bury the deceased in a shroud or biodegradable casket. While some even offer settings that retain the natural flora and fauna landscape features.

Cremation uses less resources when compared to whole body processing, but still uses fuel for burning and releases pollutant that can be harmful to the environment. It is well documented that mercury dental fillings cause a very harmful pollutant during the cremation process. In order to be more environmentally friendly some crematoriums have been upgraded and engineered to reduce the amount of pollutants that are released.

With new techniques and practices the funeral industry is as green as it ever has been. As people become better educated about the environment during their life, more people will want to continue helping the planet even after they are gone.

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