Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Biodegradable Coffins

Well, if eco-friendly is the way you want to leave this world, your options have just gotten greener. The Natural Burial Company now offers biodegradable coffins so that you can basically compost yourself once you're gone. As part of a larger trend toward "natural" burials, which require no formaldehyde embalming, cement vaults, chemical lawn treatments or laminated caskets, biodegradable coffins are more eco-friendly than cremation which still requires the burning of fossil fuels. Cost options range from $100 for a basic cardboard box to over $3,000 for a handcrafted, hand-painted model. You can also choose from natural-fiber shrouds to fair-trade bamboo caskets lined with unbleached cotton. Most of these eco-friendly burial products come from overseas, but the idea is catching on in the USA.

From CNN.com

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earthartist said...

Natural Burial Around the World

The modern concept of natural burial began in the UK in 1993 and has since spread across the globe. According the Centre for Natural Burial, http://naturalburial.coop there are now several hundred natural burial grounds in the United Kingdom and half a dozen sites across the USA, with others planned in Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and even China.

A natural burial allows you to use your funeral as a conservation tool to create, restore and protect urban green spaces.

The Centre for Natural Burial provides comprehensive resources supporting the development of natural burial and detailed information about natural burial sites around the world. With the Natural Burial Co-operative newsletter you can stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the rapidly growing trend of natural burial including, announcements of new and proposed natural burial sites, book reviews, interviews, stories and feature articles.

The Centre for Natural Burial