There are opportunities to make eco-friendly decisions throughout one’s life, including after it ends.
TreeHugger assembled a list of green funeral tips to minimize the environmental impact of your departure from this mortal coil.
Like virtually every other human activity, funerals create a lot of waste. In the U.S., 1.6 million tons of reinforced concrete is poured every year for vaults, while in the U.K. crematoria are connected to mercury emissions from the deceased’s fillings.
While it may not be pleasant to think of, human bodies are biodegradable. Yet practices like embalming and the use of elaborate coffins inhibits this process. A sustainable burial involves embracing the fact that you will soon be worm chow.
The more mundane aspects of a funeral can also be made greener. Using recycled paper for programs, locally-grown organic flowers, and carpooling can all help lower the service’s carbon footprint.
Consider the full list at the link above if you plan to go out green.