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Providers of green burial and alternative death care services. Traditional burials have many negative environmental impacts, including material usage, and chemical contamination. According to statistics from the Casket and Funeral Association of America and Cremation Association of North America, each year we bury roughly 104,000 tons of steels, 1.6 million tons of reinforced concrete, 30 million board feet of hardwoods, and 827,000 gallons of embalming fluid. Adding to this list is the impact from transporting these products and pesticides usage at the cemetery. Even cremation is harmful to the environment. Cremation requires a lot of energy. And toxins are released during the burning process. Green burials provide green-to-the-end options for the environmentally conscious. Some of the choices include biodegradable burial materials, natural burial sites, no/organic embalming, and carbon-neutral cremation.

Related categories: Ceremonies 

Reading: Shrouds, A Reinvented Tradition; Home Funeral Vigils; Green to the End