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Green Burial

A wicker casket being carried by pall bearers


#Death Planning #Green Burial #Legacy


Taylor Heagler

An average cremation can produce 535 pounds of CO2 for just one person! Movements to regulate funeral homes and cemeteries have been in place in the United States as far back as the 1960s. Environmentalists have coined the term “green burial” as a way to describe lowering your environmental impact once you pass away. This concept is not new and has been practiced in Indigenous communities throughout history. Death and dying is key to what the circle of life is truly about. Corinne Elicone, a Events and Outreach Coordinator at Mount Auburn Cemetery says, “We need to be more inclusive in the way we talk about Green Burial, because social justice has always demanded that from environmentalism.” Consider non-industrialized methods of burial, such as biodegradable options including cardboard caskets, woven caskets, willow caskets, Shroud fabrics or mushroom shrouds, and paper or fiber urns, and asking mourners to refrain from bringing cut flowers.

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  • According to Treehugger.com, eco-friendly burials are not only better for the environment, they can also be cheaper than other options.

    True Yes. And that's not a morbid equation! False Actually it is true, cheaper and better for the earth. Why not go out with a positive sentiment?