When we consciously make decisions each day to live a green lifestyle, it makes sense that our sensibilities would follow us to the grave. As some say (and heard the words at some point yesterday, maybe), "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust..." Well, here now we're getting literal.
Natural burials and biodegradable coffins are gaining popularity in the U.S., and they're touted as an even more eco-friendly way to exit this life than cremation. So what does a natural burial entail?
A natural burial is exactly that--it cuts out the formaldehyde from embalming, cement and steel and unsustainably logged hardwoods from coffins, chemicals used in lawn treatments, and intrusive grave markers. Instead, compostable coffins, made from recycled paper or locally harvested woods, are buried and marked with natural tributes to a person's life; a tree planted in their honor and memory, or perhaps a native stone engraved for them. They're allowed to decompose au naturale and give back to the earth.
For more information about natural burials, check out these articles and sites:
• Natural Burial in the U.S.A.
• Sustainablog article
Photo via Creative Coffins.