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New Greener Alternatives to Cremation and Burial

Submitted by dmcgraw on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 3:07pm

Are you thinking about options beyond the traditional burial? There is cremation, of course. And, there is the simple green burial, where the body is not embalmed but rather, wrapped in a shroud or placed in a bio-degradable coffin and buried in the ground, to decompose naturally. There are also other newer environmentally-friendly options for cremation and green burials you might want to consider.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Infinity Burial Suit is a full-body suit with mushroom spores which, when the spores turn into mushrooms, will naturally digest the body.
  • You could have the body freeze-dried, then turned into a dust-like consistency by a process called Promession. 
  • For cremation ashes, you could add the ashes to the Great Burial Reefs created by Burials at Sea. The ashes are added to natural, PH-balanced concrete to create artificial aquatic reefs that are placed in the ocean. Or, you could put the ashes in a shell urn that is made to dissolve over time, created by Stardust Memorials.

As interest in sustainable disposition grows, enterprising individuals are creating new, greener alternatives to cremation and traditional burial.