"We have more sustainable choices for our bodies after death than just burial or cremation, and we have power to advocate for these options in our communities."
Advocates say composting is cheaper, more environmentally friendly and uses less energy than cremation or ground burial.
Over the last two decades, this question of green has moved beyond our living and into our dying in the most explicit of ways in the US, as a movement for environmentally friendly deathcare builds steam.
Green, or natural burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. Green burial necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns.
Why rethinking the way we handle the dead could be a boon to the environment and your wallet.
The Urban Death Project is developing a new option which may appeal to those among us who want to minimize environmental harm and give something back to the earth when we die.