What are the Qualities of Green Funerals?
Eco cremations and burial services consist of practices that are not common in a traditional funeral service but are a vital part of a green funeral.
Some factors that are important to think about when considering a green funeral on natural burial grounds include:
Embalming requires chemicals that have the potential to pollute the woodland burial site.
As a result, it is common that an eco friendly funeral requires the avoidance of chemicals that are used when embalming the body. This is due to the commitment of the body being buried in its natural state to comply with the traditional route of natural burial.
A cremation seen in a traditional funeral requires a larger amount of energy than a green burial, which is why those who want green funerals are buried within a suitable green burial site. There are different types of eco friendly funeral services and both cremation and burial can be a part of this.
However, burial is considered to be the most green option for people who wish to have an environmentally friendly funeral.
Coffins that are used within traditional burial grounds are not the same as those of a green burial within natural burial grounds. Eco friendly coffins are typically made from recycled paper, wicker, banana leaf, cardboard or willow and are fully biodegradable.
Your green funeral directors of choice will explain the coffin options in detail and take you through the wide choice available.
Those who opt for eco friendly funerals on a natural burial site typically choose to represent their loved one not through a headstone, but instead through a planted memorial tree or flowers that can keep living.
This can be a truly comforting way of remembering your loved ones while also being environmentally conscious.