Environmentally Friendly Burials

Greener Ways to the Great Beyond:

Burial in a green or natural cemetery, on the other hand, can cost half as much, and embalming, metal caskets and concrete burial vaults are prohibited. Instead, biodegradable caskets, usually made of wood or cardboard, or burial shrouds of natural fibers are used.

Interesting facts at the end of the article about what’s buried every year:

  • 827,060 gallons of embalming fluid, which includes formaldehyde
  • 180,544,000 pounds of steel, in caskets
  • 5,400,000 pounds of copper and bronze, in caskets
  • 30 million board feet of hardwoods, including tropical woods, in caskets
  • 3,272,000,000 pounds of reinforced concrete in vaults
  • 28,000,000 pounds of steel in vaults

I don’t care what happens to my body when I die, because I’ll be dead.

5 Replies to “Environmentally Friendly Burials”

  1. They ARE important to the people who aren’t dead. It’s that way of thinking that’s fucking up our childrens’ futures. (Yeah, I have children.)

  2. I can’t remember the last time you swore on your own site. I’m scared.. Hold me?

    Our children have bright futures where nanobots will be floating around their blood fixing them perpetually. They’ll also get to wear silvery unisex jumpsuits. I mean, it’s the future of the FUTURE! 20,000 sci-fi movies CAN’T be wrong! They’ll be living in bubble-houses under the ocean with neptune and mermaids. They’ll also get to harvest the moon of it’s natural resource: moonanium. This will be used in many functions of life such as: moonanium art and the ever popular, moonanium encrusted toilet bowl.

    I don’t know about you, but my arguments won me over.

  3. I agree with Pender, the movies can’t be wrong…hey I think Logans Run or better yet Solent Green provide the most environmentally friendly burials.

    Ymm Yummmy…solent green…hey man pass the wafers

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