One of the hottest trends in funeral planning is the option for a green burial. The more I learn about green burial (also known as natural burial) services, the more I want to consider this option. What is a green burial you ask? Here's how the Green Burial Council defines a “green burial”:
Green, or natural burial is 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. Green burial necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns. – Green Burial Council
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It's interesting to note that natural burials have been the standard practice since the beginning of time. Modern manufacturing methods, massive business revenues, and the willingness of family members to memorialize their loved ones (on a different scale) have added to the interest and costs of traditional funerals today.
- 30 million board feet (70,000 m3) of hardwood caskets
- 90,272 tons of steel caskets
- 14,000 tons of steel vaults
- 2,700 tons of copper and bronze caskets
- 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete vaults
- 827,060 US gallons (3,130 m3) of embalming fluid, which usually includes formaldehyde
If you're interested in exploring green burial options in your community, visit the Green Burial Council's “Find a Provider” page. The Green Burial Council (GBC) is an independent, tax-exempt nonprofit organization comprised of a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) both working to encourage environmentally sustainable death care and the use of burial as a new means of protecting natural areas.