But, for others, green is a way of life and environmental issues are at the heart of their decision making. For them, our ethos of keeping things simple, natural and beautiful, together with our robust ‘green’ credentials make the sustainable, natural burial meadows and woodlands a discerning choice.
In Leo Hickman’s Guardian article ‘Should I ... be buried or cremated?‘ this is the bit we love the most ….“For most environmentalists, it's actually better to fade away than burn out. Our lives, they say, already result in enough gratuitous combusting of fossil fuels. Much better, in death, to compost down as nature intended.”
You can read the full article here http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2005/oct/18/ethicalmoney.climatechange
Here are the facts, and why natural burial wins hands down.
- A cremator needs to operate at 760-1150 C for 75 minutes per cremation
- A cremator uses about 285 kilowatt hours of gas and 15kWh of electricity on average per cremation - roughly the same domestic energy demands as a single person for an entire month
- Cremation is also responsible for 16% of the UK's mercury pollution (from vapourising dental fillings)
- There are roughly 1200 cremations per day in the UK. The energy used could heat an average house for more than 100 years
- Very few UK crematoria recover waste heat from the process
- The myth that methane from graves escapes to damage the ozone layer is unfounded; any methane produced is broken down within the soil
- 89% of coffins are veneered chipboard
- In a natural burial only biodegradable coffins are permitted
If the environment matters, then would it not be wise to consider the environmental impact of all the choices we make?
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