Is Cremation Green? Are There Eco-Friendly Alternatives?

As the American cremation rate continues to rise (53% in 2019), the question becomes:
Is Cremation environmentally-friendly?

Cremation is far greener than a conventional “Embalming-Metal Casket-Concrete Vault” Package. And far less expensive also.

The challenge with Cremation is the amount of heat it generates per body:
1,900 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 3 hours, which releases mercury into the air.

1 Cremation uses the equivalent energy of driving your car 500 miles.

New Alternatives will Soon Be Available everywhere that produce a smaller carbon footprint than traditional cremation:

Alkaline Hydrolysis (Water Cremation)

  • Also called Aquamation, Resomation or Bio Cremation.
    • Uses water instead of fire.
  • Water heated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, lye added, body breaks down and returns to its water state, bones are left to be ground into a fine powder: cremains.
    • Uses 285 gallons of water.
    • For context: the average person utilizes 150 gallons of water each day.
  • Has been used in medical facilities as the choice body disposal method for decades.
  • Currently legal in 20 states.

Mark Noonan, Founder – Farewell Project
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