WHAT IS A "GREEN" BURIAL?
We define green burial as a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact
that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection
of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat
Every year in the United States we bury:
827,060 gallons of embalming fluid
90,272 tons of steel in caskets and vaults
2,700 tons of copper and bronze in casket linings
30, 000,000 board feet of hardwood, including wood from endangered forests, for caskets
1.6 million tons of reinforced concrete burial vaults
A natural, green burial is a way of compassionately caring for our planet and our children’s future.
What are some shared characteristics of green burials
Forego toxic embalming
Do away with vaults
Choose biodegradable containers, caskets, shrouds, urns
Discontinue herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers
Encourage sustainable management practices
May use GPS units, non-native stone markers to mark grave sites
May support land conservation efforts
On-going efforts are being made to expand the options for "green" cemetaries and most states have multiple options available as well as using private land for "green" burial. There are church cemetaries as well that allow this form of burial.
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FOR EXAMPLES OF "GREEN" CASKETS (CLICK HERE)
LEARN MORE ABOUT TREE BURIAL PODS AS AN OPTION BELOW
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