3 Simple Ways of Making Funerals More Eco-Friendly

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You may not think of funeral services as being damaging to the environment, but today's funeral homes and funeral services providers are offering more eco-friendly options than ever before. If you're very eco-conscious and are pre-planning your own funeral service, or are planning the service for someone else who was very concerned about the environment, note a few ways of making that service more eco-friendly overall and the services and products you might choose.

1. Choose a green casket

A green casket doesn't refer to the color green but to one made with materials that are less harmful to the environment than most caskets. A green casket may be one made of natural bamboo or other sustainable wood, or one made with woven grasses. It will be unpainted and natural without any chemicals added; paints and varnishes added to many caskets allow chemicals and pollutants to seep into the surrounding soil as they break down. Green caskets are one common feature of eco-friendly funeral services that many funeral homes are offering today, so ask about a green casket during the planning process.

2. Plant trees

Rather than having flowers delivered for the funeral, ask that guests have trees planted instead. There are many companies that will plant a tree in someone's name in exchange for a small donation, and the money someone would spend on flowers can instead help to sustain the environment with these trees. Research beforehand the companies that do this and have the information available for potential guests.

3. Carpool

A funeral often involves several limousines or large sedans for each part of the family and honored guests at a funeral, but consider how much fuel this uses and the emissions created. Multiply that by the number of funerals that happen all over the world every day, and you can see why funerals are not very friendly to the environment. While a large funeral procession may seem very grand, it's also very eco-unfriendly.

For your own funeral, or one you're planning, arrange for carpooling or cut down on the use of cars otherwise. You might ask that everyone share rides from the church or other religious building to the cemetery and back, or rent minivans rather than limousines so you can fit a larger number of people into one vehicle. Whatever you can do to cut down on the use of cars for a funeral, the fewer emissions will be created for the funeral procession and the better it will be for the environment overall.

For more information or advice, contact a business such as Chapel of the Holy Family.

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