Each year worldwide, more than 50,000,000 people pass away. Burial practices can be extremely toxic and have a harmful environmental impact. Despite these times being difficult and sensitive, it has become increasingly important to consider the environmental cost of traditional practices. Embalming, for example, is a significant source of groundwater pollution today. Even though the less toxic formaldehyde replaced the original embalming fluid, arsenic, it is still found to be fatal and is classified as a human carcinogen by the EPA. Almost all of the estimated one million gallons of formaldehyde buried in bodies year in the US will make its way to our groundwater.
Here are some organizations within the US that can provide further information about green funerals/green funeral services.