Funeral burials going green

Jul 6, 2010

Going green is the rage these days and going out green is catching up.

Green burials are throwbacks to the days when people were interred in shrouds or in pine boxes. Very biodegradable. Very good for the environment. Very inexpensive.

Green burials aren’t offered everywhere, but more and more funeral directors are greening up, industry officials say.

Basically the posthumous preparation involves not using toxic chemicals such as embalming fluids or other hazardous materials. Non-biodegradable materials, such as metal caskets or concrete burial vaults, are not used in green burials, either. At true green burials, the grave is dug by hand, not a piece of heavy equipment burning fossil fuels.

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