Why Consider an Eco Friendly Funeral:
For individuals who have led an environment friendly life, the ultimate end to a fruitful life will definitely be an eco friendly funeral. These funerals have been popular in the UK for sometime and are now growing in popularity in the US.
One of the most environment friendly funeral options is to have a cremation. However, due to the burning of fossil fuels and the carbon emissions produced this form of burial is not considered to be completely environment friendly.
Inventions in Eco Friendly Funerals:
friendly funerals use a number of innovative inventions to ensure that a
person’s final resting place is eco friendly. Some of the options
include coffins made out of cardboard or paper, which is biodegradable.
Other eco friendly coffins are made of bamboo, cane, or a moss lined
woven willow casket.
coffins are another eco-friendly and cost-efficient burial solution.
These coffins are made of double thick corrugated cardboard with an
additional internal lining for support. These coffins are made of
recycled cardboard. Another environment friendly coffin is the Ecopod.
Produced in the UK and exported, this is a kayak-shaped coffin that is
made out of recycled newspapers.
The Benefit of
Having an Eco Funeral:
An added benefit of eco–friendly
funerals is that they eliminate the need for embalming chemicals such
as formaldehyde or chemical lawn treatments, which, when the body
decomposes, can be harmful for the environment.
Plaques and Their Alternatives:
memorial plaques to ground level, land that is used only for burials can
be used for other purposes as well. Burial grounds with proper
landscaping and floral arrangements would look more like parks and can
be enjoyed by the living instead of being a place that is visited only
on Memorial Day and other anniversaries.
One of the practices observed in green funerals is to plant a tree over
the site of burial instead of using a burial plaque. This adds to the
environment friendly nature of the funeral by utilizing the nutrients
generated by the body composting.
Alternatives to Eco-Friendly Burials:
alternative to such eco-friendly burials is to arrange a sea burial. In
order to opt for a sea burial, families have to register the death,
obtain a permit from the local authorities, and prepare the body and
coffin according to standards set by United States Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA).