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How to Achieve an Eco-Friendly Funeral

A tombstone of someoneOver the years, there were only two ways on how a funeral could proceed, either by burial or cremation. However, because of the rising environmental awareness, many people now worry about their carbon footprints even after passing.

As green-awareness grows, funeral plans are also putting efforts to reduce toxic emissions from conventional burial and cremation. Such funeral plans like the Eco-Funerals by Golden Leaves Funeral Plans are growing popularity in the United Kingdom as they offer a greener funeral option.

Innovations are still being made to reduce the side effects of burial and cremation. However, presently, here are three ways you can have an eco-friendly funeral.

1. Choose your casket with care

Because the goal of traditional burial is the preservation of the remains for as long as possible, chemicals are used together with metals to produce caskets. Caskets use metals like bronze, stainless steel. Unbeknownst to people, this causes mineral contamination in the soil, therefore, killing plant life and contaminating water in burial sites. Green funeral plans offer caskets made from oak, bamboo and even hand-woven willow coffins.

2. Try to avoid cremation

Cremation might look like a greener solution than using caskets but, in reality, cremation is only the lesser evil of the two. Although you might save land space with cremation, the process has a significant effect on the environment.

The average cremation takes about 75 minutes at temperatures of up to 1,150°c and uses as much energy in the form of gas and electricity as a 500-mile car trip. The process also releases about 400 kilos of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

3. Green Cemetery

Eco-friendly cemeteries are slowly on the rise. Being buried in one can help reach your goals of having an eco-friendly funeral. There are specially designated places in fields or secluded woodlands for the burial of people in unmarked graves with perhaps a tree denoting where they are laid to rest. In the UK, there are now some 200+ natural burial grounds comprised mainly of woodlands and meadows.

Although funeral trends are changing, it doesn’t mean that funerals have become less about mourning. Visiting a grave in a woodland rather than in a cemetery may help you appreciate your loved ones.