As people's ideas about protecting and preserving the environment have changed, more and more of them have started to use eco-friendly choices in their daily lives. Some examples are composting in your yard, using paper straws instead of plastic ones, driving electric hybrid cars, and so on. But when it comes to funerals and graves, you should also think about how long they will last. This piece gives you some ideas for funeral arrangements that are good for the environment.

Green Casket or Water Burial

A lot of people think that cremation is better for the earth than burial. The method requires less work because embalming is optional. This is called "direct cremation." Cemetery upkeep is optional, so it has less of an effect on the environment and people, and it uses fewer resources. There is still a big effect on the world even when bodies are cremated because energy is needed to turn them into ashes. The method of aquamation is better for the earth because it helps lessen this effect even more.

Aquamation, which is also called "green cremation" or "liquid cremation," is a way to burn dead bodies using the chemical process of alkaline hydrolysis. The body is given a mix of water, an alkali (potassium hydroxide), heat, and pressure, which causes a reaction that speeds up the breakdown. The process usually takes between three and sixteen hours to finish. When it's done, it leaves behind a clear liquid and bone pieces.

Aquamation is better for the earth than burning the body in a flame because it doesn't use fossil fuels, makes no harmful greenhouse gases or mercury, and requires less energy. The costs of aquamation are about the same as those of flame burning.

In contrast to aquamation, traditional flame burning uses more energy and releases harmful chemicals into the air. It needs temperatures between 760 and 980 degrees Celsius, while aquamation needs temperatures around 160 degrees Celsius. When bodies are burned in a flame, they give off carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and mercury from tooth fillings and body implants. All of these things make carbon footprints bigger. The aquamation process makes a sterile liquid that can be thrown away in sewers or the wastewater treatment system.

Funerals in green

Even though funerals are worse for the earth than most other events, there are things you can do to help. Two major differences between traditional and green burials are that traditional burials use harmful chemicals and embalming fluids. In contrast, green burials bury bodies in biodegradable caskets or shrouds made of biodegradable materials. With this type of burial, the dead can easily break down and mix back into the soil. Over time, the graves may be used again. Also, unlike regular graves, green burial plots don't always let people visit or encourage them to do so. Instead, the plots are home to many different kinds of plants and animals.

Eco-friendly coffins

If you're not ready for a completely green funeral, a biodegradable coffin can be used to add a green touch to a regular grave. People also like simple wooden caskets, weaved caskets, and shrouds.

Simple wooden caskets are made from wood alone, with no metal, glue, or finish added. They are good because they are easy to adjust and most green burial places will accept them.

Wicker, bamboo, and willow are most often used to make handmade caskets, but sugarcane and banana leaves can also be used. These caskets are beautiful, unique, and well-made. The material is also harder, which makes them easier to carry.

Shrouds are pieces of fabric that cover the body. Cotton, silk, muslin, wool, bamboo, and hemp are just some of the fabrics that are used to make shrouds. You can order a shroud. You pick the color, design, and fabric. You can also add bags to hold pictures and other things. For green funerals, shrouds are usually the best choice because they require fewer materials.

Another unique way to make one your own is to turn a shroud into a mushroom funeral costume. The company that makes these clothes is called Coeio, and its founder is Jae Rhim Lee. The clothes have a dark shine from the mushroom spores that cover them. Soil full of nutrients is made from the dead body as the spores break it down. The company also says that it gets rid of toxins in the body before they can hit the ground.

Biodegradable Caskets

Green pots for plants

Urns can be made from eco-friendly materials like wood, but they usually have chemicals and processes added to them to make them last longer, which means they can't be buried.

Green urns are good for the earth because they break down naturally. Paper, clay, plant parts, bark, wood, sand, and other naturally degradable materials are some examples. This is a great option for burying urns on land or at sea.

The material you use will depend on what you want to do with the ashes. For instance, if you want to leave the ashes at sea, pick an urn made of cardboard or paper, which breaks down faster in water.

Many companies choose materials that work better in certain burial places, even though biodegradable materials usually break down without the burial media. You can instead buy biodegradable urns that are made from eco-friendly materials and usually only break down once they come into touch with water or soil. You can also hide it later if you want to.

A biodegradable urn full of seeds or tree plants is a completely new idea. The point of these urns is to turn the ashes into a tree. For people who want to honor a loved one in a way that is sustainable and good for the earth, this could be a great choice.

Why should you choose a green funeral?

The best thing about eco-friendly burials is that they are better for the earth. Also, you have choices; you can have a fully green burial or pick an urn made of materials that are better for the environment. Choosing a choice that is good for the environment is a great way to help the world even after you die.