Flower Arrangement on CoffinAlive, people create vast amounts of pollution. It is evident in the traffic fumes their vehicles emit, the fossil fuel they burn, the chemicals they use to manufacture products, and the waste they dump on landfills.

In death, the situation doesn’t get any better.

Pollution Caused by Traditional Funerals

Traditional funerals pollute in many ways. Embalming is done with formaldehyde, a carcinogen known to cause throat and nasal cancers. If the deceased person is buried after being embalmed, formaldehyde can seep into the soil.

Solid wood coffins are a poor use of resources and contribute to deforestation. If cremation is done in a conventional coffin, carbon emissions are high. Emissions are also created by the hearses that transport the coffin to the crematorium or cemetery.

It is the reason demand has been rising for funerals that don’t harm the environment.  A green funeral company can help family members choose the most fitting send-off for their loved one. The environmentally conscious can also select this type of funeral in advance with a pre-paid green funeral plan encompassing all of their ethical values.

Benefits of a ‘Green’ Funeral

‘Green’ funerals are designed with the environment in mind. Some of the key aspects include:

  • No embalming of the body – eliminates the risks of formaldehyde
  • Eco-coffin made of materials such as cardboard, bamboo or wicker
  • Cremation with eco-coffin – reduces emissions by half
  • Use of horse and carriage for transporting eco-coffin to final resting place
  • Scattering of ashes or burial in a natural environment, such as a forest or wildflower meadow
  • A memorial garden or woodland near a family member’s home as the final resting place – gives the family the chance to visit the memorial on foot
  • A grave marker that is made locally or planting a tree with a plaque
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Eco-friendly funerals are becoming a favourite way to send loved ones to their final resting place. If the deceased person lived in harmony with his/her environment, it makes sense that his/her funeral should reflect this.