I hope to spend the rest of my life striving to be greener and helping others to be greener. Whittling away at my carbon footprint is a big goal. How then could I leave a huge footprint with my funeral and burial/cremation? It makes no sense to me to use valuable resources such as metal to house my dead body underground or burn up in a cremation. Thinking about a greener end of life has also changed how I think about what I want done with my body. For most of my life I wanted to be cremated, but considering how much energy is used in that process I have rethought that.
I now think I want the most natural process. First I plan on donating my organs. I do not want to be embalmed. After all, I’ve spent quite a bit of time warning people about the dangers of formaldehyde. Now, if we’re dead formaldehyde can’t hurt us, but it can hurt the environment. I’ve also decided that I want a natural burial. What is involved in a natural burial? The first thing is a recycled or biodegradable coffin made from recycled paper, wicker, seagrass or wood. All these are sustainably produced and are free of metal. Finally I want to be placed directly in the ground, no concrete surrounding me, in a natural woodland setting.
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