How To Die Green

I choose "burlap sack in the woods"

If you consider yourself an environmentally conscious person when you’re alive, what about when you’re dead?

When you think about it, cemeteries are like landfills for bodies. The grass has to be constantly sprayed and watered and mowed, and every year million pounds of metal, wood and concrete are put in the ground to protect dead bodies. Why? They’re dead! Being turned into ashes isn’t much better – it takes two SUV tanks worth of fuel for one cremation.

Now there’s Green Burial Council, a non-profit organization offering eco alternatives to getting rid of your cold lifeless cadaver. They help you explore options like essential oils instead of formaldehyde, biodegradable cedar caskets, or a “natural burial,” which is just a burlap sack in the woods. If you live in the city and don’t have a forest nearby, Urban Death Project has the idea of turning bodies into soil, kind of like a giant compost bin. Imagine all the beautiful things you could help fertilize. I want to be turned into vegetables for a salad!

Green burials – it might be too late for you, but it’s not too late to save the planet.

(Main photo: Adam Ward via Flickr)