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.

FOR A LISTING OF "GREEN" BURIAL CEMETARIES (CLICK HERE)

FOR EXAMPLES OF "GREEN" CASKETS  (CLICK HERE)

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