Throughout the world, more people are choosing to have environmentally friendly burials once they find out about the negative impacts of traditional cremation and burial practices on the planet. Eco-burials and green funerals are growing in popularity and are helping eco-conscious individuals plan funerals that align with their personal beliefs and way of life.
When you are ready to plan your funeral, if you decide that you want to take an eco-friendly approach that’s better for the environment, continue reading for a few tips that will help you through the process.
Have a Woodland Burial
The woodland burial movement started in the United Kingdom, and it is now credited with the widespread interest in natural burials and funerals in other parts of the world. These types of burials include low-impact funeral ceremonies, and they are even helpful in returning a plot of land to its natural forest state. Native flowers and trees are planted above a person’s grave, thereby helping nature regenerate and bloom beautifully as a memorial to the deceased.
Support Sea Life
Cremation is popular, but it is not sustainable or good for the environment. However, you can undo some of the negative effects of cremation by having your ashes transformed into artificial coral reefs, which are commonly referred to as reef balls. These can be used to support sea life, which is especially important today as traditional coral reefs are deteriorating as a result of climate change and pollution.
Forgo Embalming and Get a Biodegradable Coffin
When humans die, their remains naturally decompose and return to the earth. But today’s embalming methods, hardwood coffins, and concrete vaults ultimately delay decomposition and keep the human remains out of the environment. To reduce your impact upon the environment after you die, you can forgo embalming and opt for a coffin or an urn that will be biodegradable. Popular options include coffins that are made of cardboard, wicker, and bamboo, though other options even include water hyacinth and banana leaf.
Use Resomation Instead of Cremation
Again, cremation is a popular option, and you may think that it is better for the environment than being embalmed and buried, but an even more eco-friendly alternative to traditional cremation is what is referred to as resomation. This utilises alkaline hydrolysis, rather than fire, in order to break down a deceased person’s body chemically. This reduces the greenhouse gas emissions of cremation by roughly 35 per cent, and it results in a DNA-free, sterile liquid that can be returned to the natural water cycle. Also, the bone ash that remains can go into an urn that is then given to loved ones.
Even though there are many different funeral plans and burial traditions all over the world that are dictated by culture and religion, there are also a growing number of people who are taking an environmentally friendly approach to their death. Consider the tips above if you want to have a positive, rather than a negative, impact upon the planet when you are buried.