Green Living After Death

Biodegradable Burial Urn

Biodegradable Burial Urn

I am always being reminded of the environment and what I can do to make things better. Recycle, reduce, reuse; these kinds of messages have become more and more popular throughout the years. There is little difference in taking a green approach to living than taking a green approach after dying. Some people feel particularly good with the thought that their remains are not going to be a burden to the environment for decades and centuries to come.

Some options:

  1. Cremation and to scatter the ashes
  2. Cremation and to bury the ashes
  3. Burial in a biodegradable casket
  4. Burial in a metal casket

For years people in the United States have used metal caskets. Now, especially for those who have chosen cremation, there are several ethical questions being asked. Do I want to be buried or cremated? What is the footprint of the cremation process and burial urns? What is the footprint of a biodegradable casket in a green cemetery? What the footprint of a metal casket in a traditional burial?

There have been assertions that a company’s casket can survive for thousands of years without breaking down. I guess the next question is – Why would you want to be left intact for such a long time? Once buried, a casket will not likely see the light of day ever again. So to put forward the money for a traditional burial or for a reinforced receptacle, that will keep you in tact for thousands of years, just doesn’t make sense to me. The fact is that death is really an unknown thing and there are different perspectives are to how to handle it.

You may have some questions like – What kind of material should I use? What is biodegradable? Read our article on ethics and urns for burial for more information about ethics when burying an urn. We thoroughly believe in following your heart. Death isn’t an understood subject, so a little eccentricity may make some feel better about the process. This is good and there is something to be said about catering to your needs.

One consideration is that a large amount of energy is being used to cremate a body. But after cremation, if the ashes are scattered the affect on the environment is minimal. To be buried in clothes or a biodegradable casket a green cemetery, is taking no energy for disposal and you will eventually become helpful nutrients for the environment.

Biodegradable Casket

Biodegradable Casket

In conclusion, it is important to consider how you will affect the earth and environment after you die. We provide a large line of biodegradable burial urns that make some people feel relieved to know that they will help the earth after they pass.

2 responses

  1. everything should be biodeg. ( well everthing that can be…) b/c then we would have a cleaner earth. :O) *peace*
    *cleaner earth*

  2. Pingback: Scattering Ashes · Green Urns – The Best Way to Preserve Nature

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