With green caskets, a more earth-friendly end
America had natural burials until the Civil War when embalming came into fashion. Now, we are facing the environmental impact of our current burial practices, so we are once more embracing natural burial.
Ashes to - trees?
An Italian company has created a way for a family to bury their dead without having to use coffins. Instead of placing the person's remains in a coffin, they are placed in a pod with the seed of a tree.
Ashes to - compost?
Presently, the only government sanctioned options are burial, cremation and donation to a medical school. But a Seattle woman is working towards legalizing a new way to dispose of human remains: composting.
A green burial example in Michigan
Death is as much a given in life as taxes, yet death has far more rituals and beliefs surrounding it. Giving it an environmental edge seems to make the most sense in this day and age.