As society gives greater thought to the impact that we have on the environment, more and more people are motivated to make greener funeral choices. Care for the environment is often one of many considerations when making funeral arrangements and knowing what is possible will help you to make decisions that feel right for you and your family and friends.
It is possible to plan a totally “green” funeral, or to incorporating some environmentally friendly aspects into your funeral. You may also wish to consider paying for one tree to be planted to offset any GHGe created by the funeral.
Green Funerals – Green Coffins
Choosing a coffin made from biodegradable materials (such as, cardboard, willow or bamboo) is a common way to minimise your impact on the environment. However, it is also important to know how far these coffins have travelled as more locally grown and manufactured options may be preferable.
If you would prefer a wooden (or wood effect) coffin, then there are still greener choices such as locally sourced hardwoods like oak or cherry and softwoods like pine. Manufacturers will be able to advise where the wood has been grown and whether it is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) registered.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to use a coffin at all. Alternatives, such as a material shroud are an increasingly popular and green, alternative.
Your local funeral directors will be able to advise you as to which coffin or shroud is suitable for your wishes.
Green Funerals – Burial
Burial, compared to cremation, is a greener choice (as it avoids the mercury, dioxin and carbon monoxide emissions associated with cremation). Furthermore, burial closer to the surface (such as in a natural burial ground) means that decomposition becomes aerobic and is more beneficial for the environment.
Green Funerals – Travel
You may wish to consider how far the person that has died and the mourners travel and the type of fuel used in transportation. Choosing a local burial ground and having the service in the same location may be possible and you may wish to consider using our electric hearse and limo. Mourners can be encouraged to share cars or travel together in a larger vehicle. Your local funeral directors will be able advise you as to the greenest travel options.
Other things to consider
There are a number of other things to consider when contemplating making greener choices:
Avoid embalming to ensure that formaldehyde and other chemicals do not leak into the ground after burial
Ensure that flowers are sourced locally, or handpicked from your own garden
Avoid use of cellophane and only use natural materials in floral arrangements
Minimise the use of funeral stationary and ensure that any paper used is recycled and is recyclable
Choose a memorial location which you can visit without having to travel far by car
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