With all the talk about climate change and the environment, its no wonder people are looking for ways to make body disposition more environmentally friendly. Many are looking to cremation services in Middleburg, FL as the answer. Are cremation services better for the environment than other disposition methods? If not, are there any options for a greener burial or cremation?
This basic cremation method does have slight environmental impact as is requires the burning of fossil fuels achieve the intense heat necessary to break down a body. However, it is better than traditional burial as it doesn’t involve embalming or other harsh pollutants being put into the ground.
There are other greener cremation services available thanks to modern advancements and awareness. Green cremation services take a few more steps to make the entire process cleaner and more eco-friendly. Green cremations, or natural cremations and eco-cremations, use no harmful or toxic chemicals to treat or embalm the body. This reduces the amount of harmful gases released during the cremation.
Another type of green cremation service is bio-cremation. Bio-cremation uses alkaline hydrolysis, or water resolution, to break down the body. The body is put inside a special chamber filled with potassium hydroxide, water, heat and pressure for a few hours. Over time, the elemental combination break down the body into bone fragments just like traditional cremation services. The remains from bio-cremation can be scattered or buried just like traditional remains. Bio-cremation uses much less fossil fuel and energy, and does not let off as much gas or emissions. As its still a fairly new method, bio-cremation is not readily available and may be more expensive.
You personally can take steps to make cremation services greener. A few ways you can help out are:
- Remove any dental fillings before the cremation. When dental amalgams are burned, they release a lot of harmful mercury gas into the air. BY removing the amalgams before the cremation, you are helping prevent these emissions.
- Choose to scatter the remains post-cremation. Buried remains use up ground space with caskets, and any chemicals leftover from the process could seep into the ground. Scattering takes up less space!
- Use eco-friendly cremation caskets. These are specially built to not release any harmful gases or chemicals when burned, over traditional caskets that are made with chemicals and products that do not burn well.
- If you do choose to bury the remains, do so in a natural urn or container that breaks down naturally. Choose a receptacle made out of handmade paper or Himalayan rock salt.
If you have any more questions about green cremations, or Middleburg, FL cremation services, Naugle Funeral Home & Cremation Services can help. We have years of cremation experience, and would be honored to work with you to make sure your environmental and cremation needs are met. Visit us at 808 Margaret St Jacksonville, FL 32204, or give us a call today at (904) 683-9288 for more information. Our funeral director would be happy to speak with you by phone or in person.