WHAT IS GREEN / NATURAL / ECO BURIAL?
'ashes to ashes, dust to dust.’
There is no traditional embalming. The deceased is placed in refrigeration until burial.We provide all biodegradable materials which can include unfinished renewable wood, woven willow and wicker, raw cotton, or linen and even paper.No burial vaults or outside containers are used.All of the graves are 100% hand dug. The use of heavy equipment, causing harm to the environment, is not permitted.
Why Choose Green Burial?
There is no scientific evidence or other evidence that a sealing casket or embalming will preserve human remains. Nature will eventually take its course. Despite this, each year in the United States we bury:
827,060 gallons of embalming fluid, which includes formaldehyde180,544,000 pounds of steel, in caskets5,400,000 pounds of copper and bronze in caskets30 million board feet of hardwoods in caskets3,272,000,000 pounds of reinforced concrete vaults and 28,000,000 pounds of steel in vaults (from Mary Woodsen, Cornell University)
Why many funeral homes resist green burials: