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If you have to go, go GREEN. January 22, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marcus Cohn @ 5:02 pm
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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.

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One Response to “If you have to go, go GREEN.”

  1. Tom Says:

    I love the idea of being buried on a natural burial ground and be able to help support wildlife conservation at the same time. Reading about all the chemicals that are used to preserve bodies makes me cringe. Just imagine all that toxic waste slowly poisoning our groundwater. I can’t believe that no one is talking about this issue when it comes to protecting the environment. I did some research on the topic and I came across another website that you might want to add to your list of resources. It’s called A Greener Funeral and provides a list of green funeral providers in the US as well.


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