From an original article by Sarah and Tim Crews, Alternet
Green burials have their benefits, not just for Earth but also your budget. However, there’s a growing debate about whether the trendy, mushroom-laden burial suits are all that they claim to be. And, even if they are, do the suits accomplish anything that Earth’s soil can’t do on its own. We invite you to take a closer look and decide for yourself. Either way, you’ll be more informed.
From an original article by Daria Meoli, NJBiz
Natural burials are gaining acceptance across the nation. According to a 2015 study conducted by the Funeral and Memorial Information Council, 64% of adults said they would be interested in green funeral options, up from 43% in 2010. The more people realize the environmental and financial benefits, the faster this trend will grow.
From an original article by Ralph Hattenbach, Santa Monica Observer
For over a century, families in Santa Monica, California have been burying their loved ones at Woodlawn Cemetery, the only city-owned mortuary in the United States. This April, they will celebrate the opening of Eternal Meadow, a green burial section for the environmentally conscious. In 2015, Woodlawn was certified as a Hybrid Cemetery by the Green Burial Council.
From an original article by Karen Graham, Digital Journal
Eco-friendly burials aren’t anything new, even though you may be just learning about them. For thousands of years, natural burials, including cremation, were the way to go. Expensive metal caskets, cement vaults, and cancer-causing chemicals may be more profitable for some, but it’s anything but Earth-friendly. On a positive note, more people are waking up to the facts.
From an original article by James McGinnis, Bucks Co. Courier Times
Even though the environmental benefits are understood, for many, there is still much uncertainty about whether a green burial is right for them or their loved ones. Sometimes a glimpse of what a green burial looks like can help put one’s mind at ease. Bordentown Home for Funerals in Burlington County, New Jersey gives us a brief slideshow tour.
From an original article on Funeral Trend
When family members go for the added expense of a sleek, metal casket or coffin, they think it’s more dignified and reverent. Their loved ones deserve it. Plus, it supposedly protects them from the elements and crawling critters. The reality is that metal caskets create quite a mess which is anything but dignified. Take a closer look at why metal caskets are a bad choice.
From an original article by Carleigh Griffeth, WNCN
It’s easy to think of green burials as a new concept, but it’s actually a return to the way they used to be done. As the popularity of green burials spreads, visit web entrepreneurial and forward-thinking individuals are stepping forward to help meet the demand for smarter, environmentally friendly burials. One of the latest examples is Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina.
From an original article by Mark Harris, The Progressive
Today’s approach to burials has, in many ways, become way too routine, cookie-cutter, and impersonal. It’s also extremely expensive and harmful to the environment. We take a look at one person’s story, and in it perhaps you will see some of your feelings reflected in it. The time for green burials is now, and Sheila Champion’s experience is living proof of it.
From an original article by Lacy Cooke, inhabitat
Some of today’s smartest and most innovative college students are using their talents to make burial more environmentally friendly while, at the same time, respecting spirituality and honoring the lives of loved ones. The “DeathLab” at Columbia University offers us a beautiful glimpse at what the cemetery of the future could look like.
From an original article by Lisa Herbert, NSW Country Hour
What do farmers and funeral directors have in common? Well, in Australia, page they’re coming together to provide green burials. Green burials involve the use of biodegradable coffins or shrouds. Bodies are not treated with preserving chemicals or embalming fluids. “This project is about more than burials. This is the hub of something that’s deeply useful for the environment, the sustainability, and at a community level this will create jobs,” said Kevin Hartley, funeral director.