Alternative Choices: Eco-Friendly Burial

Eco-Friendly Burial choices have been on the rise. There are a lot more sustainable choices for fashion, food, technology, transportation, and every day living. Along with the rise of sustainable choices in other aspects of life comes more choices when it comes to funerals and burials.

If you are considering a Green a.k.a. Natural burial you may need to decide on the following things:

1. Burial or Cremation?
Regardless of what type of funeral or burial you choose, you will need to decide whether you want a cremation or burial.

2. Embalming
This is something you can speak to a funeral director about if you choose to work with a funeral director. Embalming is the process of preserving a human body to delay decomposition and involves chemicals that you may not want to be used.

3. Coffin
When you choose to have a natural or green burial you will need to use a coffin that’s biodegradable. There are a lot of choices out there and you can start your search by reading this list of biodegradable coffins created by Natural Endings.

4. Type of Natural Burial Ground
There are 2 types of natural burial grounds that you may choose from:
There’s a truly natural one where you MUST use a biodegradable coffin and no embalming should be done to the deceased’s body.
There’s are also other natural burial grounds who are eco-friendly but are not as strict when it comes to the use of coffins and etc.

Here’s a list of Natural Burial Grounds as created by the Natural Death Centre.

Whatever your choice is in the end, Green, traditional, religious, or humanist, it is best to plan ahead.

If you need help with planning funerals here is our guide.

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