Here’s How You Can Save the Earth, Even After Dying

Written by Joshua O’Connor and Alison Kotch

Traditional funerals are terrible for the environment. But the green burial movement allows people to be kind to the planet, even after they’ve passed.

If you’re planning a traditional Western funeral for a loved one, burial according to industry standards will cost you — in more ways than one. The materials typically used in the process, from embalming chemicals to casket varnishes and sealants, can seep into ground, polluting the water that you use every day.

In addition, U.S. cemeteries contain an estimated 15 tons of casket steel, enough to build almost all of the skyscrapers in Tokyo, according to TalkDeath, an online community dedicated to encouraging positive conversations around death and dying. Even cremation — often considered one of the most environmentally friendly options — spews fossil fuels into the atmosphere.

So what’s an eco-conscious funeral planner to do? A green burial uses biodegradable materials for caskets and shuns the use of chemicals to preserve bodies. That means adopters can help save the planet while saving themselves (or their families) money in the process.

To learn more about green burials, watch the video above.

This post originally appeared on NationSwell

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Vikram S
Vikram S11 hours ago

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silja salonen
silja salonen14 hours ago

hells bells we will be dead ... so let us do what is right and good and just

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Janet B
Janet B18 hours ago

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BobbyKat L
BobbyKat L20 hours ago

Thank you.

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Alea C
Alea C21 hours ago

I wonder if I'll die before Care2 sends me some new causes to comment on.

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Alea C
Alea C21 hours ago

Thank you for sharing.

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TY

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Thank you for sharing!

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Julia R
Julia Ryesterday

A great idea! Let's all be unselfish at our time of death so there will be more resources for the living!

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