The environment is a concern for many people, and those who try to reduce their carbon footprint in life may be interested in having a carbon neutral funeral. Green funerals reduce pollution and help protect the planet. Green funerals packages are more than mere cardboard coffins. Eco-friendly options save energy and reduce air and soil pollution so that death has little impact on the environment. A green funeral company can provide eco-funeral plans and help people organise a final farewell that is in keeping with their ethics.
Traditional cremation causes greenhouse gases to leach toxic embalming fluids into the soil and turns ground into landfill sites for bodies. Water cremation is the newest green alternative. It is called resomation (meaning re-birth of the body) and is a flameless cremation that uses hot water and potassium hydroxide to return bodies to ash in as little as four hours.
Once the ashes are ready, a biodegradable urn is the perfect finishing touch. Some urns contain tree seeds, so when the ashes are buried, a plant will grow at the burial site.
There are lots of materials that can be used to make an eco-friendly coffin, including wool, wicker and reclaimed wood. Some people prefer to use all-natural fibres for a funeral shroud, as these are biodegradable materials.
Home Grown Memorial Services
Environmentalists can organise their memorial service at the family home, with relatives and friends to officiate. They can also make the reception buffet food and choose vegetarian, organic and fair trade options. Funeral directors can help organise all aspects of a green funeral. They can provide advice about pre-paid funeral plans and help you choose the one that suits your requirements. This will make it easy for you to arrange your green funeral service.