While we might not all know where we go in the afterlife, one thing is for sure–our bodies are made of carbon and can return to the planet to create new life! What we do with our carbon after death has an impact many of us have not ever thought about.
Consider these options in eco-friendly ways to thank your body for living it’s best life:
1 – A Green Burial. In a designated green cemetery, natural soil organisms are used to break down a body. No embalming fluids are used, and biodegradable caskets or shrouds are used. Often the ground is planted with native species.
2 – Aquamation. This is a “flameless cremation” process and the remaining ashes can be scattered or buried. Just don’t ask us who figured this one out…
3 – Mushroom burial suits. Fungi pajamas, anyone? But yeah, super cool innovation.
4 – Eternal reefs. Your ashes, mixed with eco-friendly concrete, help rebuild coral reef habitats!
5 – Become a tree. This is like a green burial above, but you get a tree planted above your natural grave of wood chips, hay, and soil!
6 – Human composting. Get yourself turned into soil, just please don’t ask to be added to the vegetable garden. A conservation area or forest will do…just ask permission, first.
In fact, we even have a green burial location here in Clarksburg, Maryland! Check out the location and more about all these options!