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The New 6 Feet Under

Submitted by dmcgraw on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:19pm

A Vermont bill could make Green Burials more assessable by changing the burial depth from five feet (yes - the depth is not always the stereotypical "six feet under") to 3.5 feet. Burying the bodies at this depth allows contact with the rich nutrients found at this level that aid in composting. Meanwhile, the depth is deep enough to prevent odors and to prevent scavengers from digging the body up. 

Key Takeaways:

  • A new law may be passed in Vermont allowing burial depths to be changed to 3 and a half feet.
  • This change of burial depth is a sweet spot where layers of nutrients lie to break down the body, but at sufficient depth to prevent odors.
  • This change in burial depth will still allow individuals to be buried at deeper depths, if desired, while helping individuals who are environmentally conscious give back to nature through a Green Burial.

"A new bill moves up the burial depth to three and a half feet. It's all part of the green burial movement."

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