A green burial is an easy choice for every person who wants to ensure that the last act of their life contributes to the health of the planet, and reflects and celebrates their values and how they lived their life.
Some statistics about conventional burial in these days:
- All cemeteries in the USA take up an estimated 1 million acres of land
- Buried within them ANNUALLY:
- over 800, 000 gallons of formaldehyde
- over 100 thousand tons of steel for caskets and vaults
- 2,700 tons of copper and bronze for caskets
- 1.6 million tons of reinforced concrete from burial vaults
- 30 million board feet of hardwood caskets
Think Cremation is more environmentally friendly? You could drive 4800 miles on the energy used to cremate one person.
- North America uses enough fossil fuel for cremation to drive you halfway to the sun every year.
- According to industry studies, one cremation uses 92 cubic meters of natural gas and 29 kilowatt-hours of electricity, pumping over 400 kilos of carbon dioxide into the air. .
- Mercury and other toxic metals from dental fillings and joint replacements are also burned during cremation.
- Our friend, Gary Beckett, lived a simple and natural life; riding a bicycle everywhere he went. He died in the woods of a heart attack while cutting firewood. His cremation added more pollution to the Earth and atmosphere than he likely did the previous 10 years of his life.