How to Have a Green Death

green coffinsPrepare to embrace a new trend in burials: the green coffin. After decades of boxing up our dead in water-proof, steel, wood, or other non-decaying substances, a sea change in the world of death is happening all over the globe. Realizing that there is limited space on earth, and that our dead will begin to crowd out the living, a plethora of bio-degradable coffins are hitting the market, and people are lining up to buy the green options. Which, incidentally, are less expensive than the traditional models.

Would you want to be wrapped up in wool? Or buried in bamboo? Check out these green coffins and burial methods from around the world.

Creative Coffins

This option is a win-win for the environment and for those looking for a personalized coffin (seen above). Creative Coffins will print anything you like on your final resting place, including sports teams, favorite foods, scenes from nature, all on their non-toxic cardboard, with 60% recycled pulp being used in this eco box.

Wool Coffin

Time featured this option that's gaining popularity in the UK. In addition to helping out the textile industry, the biodegradable wool coffin is less expensive than a steel model and somewhat comforting.

Recycled Paper

The Natural Death Centre in the UK offers many eco-burial options. This recycled paper coffin serves two purposes -- recycling paper and biodegradable coffins. Scroll through this slideshow for even more interesting eco-friendly options, including bamboo, willow, and recycled paper.

Bio-Cremation

I've already decided on cremation, which is in itself a way to take up less space after you've died. But another (illegal in the U.S. right now) method of cremation that's a more eco-friendly way to contain contaminants, unlike the current method of burning, is the liquid cremation called bio-cremation. While the Mayo Clinic uses this method to dispose of cadavers used in research, and veterinarians use this method as well -- it's still not regulated for humans in the U.S. But a few states are working towards getting this method mainstream and legal.

Of course, in looking forward, it's also good to look backwards and see what our ancestors did that we might want to re-consider in our quest to go green in life, and death. Whether it's burning on a pyre or shipping the elderly off to sea (just kidding, mom) -- we're going to need to stop burying giant steel boxes and look for more earth-friendly options before we run out of space.

Would you use any of these eco burial methods?

 

Image via Creative Coffins

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butte... butterflymkm

I always thought the super steel box and cement casing were kind of stupid. Your just delaying the enevitable, and your dead so why would you carr if the wormys were making you into snack food. I would love rhe first option, printed in a butterfly motif of course;)

butte... butterflymkm

I always thought the super steel box and cement casing were kind of stupid. Your just delaying the enevitable, and your dead so why would you carr if the wormys were making you into snack food. I would love rhe first option, printed in a butterfly motif of course;)

Mommy... MommyLove86

I'll take bamboo or willow, thanks, lol.

redne... redneckmama2005

The "green" burial has always been my plan. It is in my will and all of my family knows my final wishes. I feel that I should give back to the earth that has already given me so much, and will hopefully continue to do so

EliSays EliSays

I want my body donated to science. If it's not in suitable condition for that, I want a green burial.

karis... karischub

I want to be cremated. I think my brother will be excited to know that he can have a Red Wings themed coffin!

onecu... onecuteladybug2

I haven't really thought too much about what I want. However, I have recently been involved in my Grandmother's planning of what she wants and I know that the cost of a burial is ridiculously high, no matter what you choose...

Sarahb21 Sarahb21

 That's pretty cool. A great idea I think.

Oddyssey Oddyssey

I think the daisy motif in the picture is really cool, I love the idea of bamboo, but then, looking through them, I think I like the banana leaf option the best.  Either way, I think it's a fabulous idea!  I never understood why you would want to encase the dead in cement and stuff like that.  My body is just a shell to be used while I'm here on earth. 


My question is:  how is it supposed to help save space... considering the grave marker's still there and you actually buy the plot.  Are they reselling the same space after you're fully decomposed?  What do they do with your headstone?  Hmmmm... I still see some issues popping up.


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elija... elijahsmama09

I really have not thought about this...I think I want to be cremated.

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