Cremation is a growing alternative to the traditional burial whether it is for a loved one who has passed on or a beloved pet. Along with this, there is a growing trend moving towards “green” funerals and burials. “Green” burials have been conceptualized due to the growing awareness of environmental issues that are plaguing life on Earth.
Each year across the United States, gallons of embalming fluid which includes formaldehyde and other hazardous chemicals are seeping into the ground while chemicals such as methyl and xylene used in the protective finish for the buried caskets are as detrimental. In the long run, these chemicals will contaminate the natural ecology of our environment without anyone realizing it. “Green” burials will seem to be the most viable alternative to protect the environment.
Biodegradable cremation urns for people and pets that are friendly to the environment are fast becoming a trend in support of “green” burials. These urns are made from non-toxic materials to meet all governing requirements. They are also excellent for land and sea scattering. For the land burial biodegradable urns are normally made to completely disintegrate within a year or less depending on the climate of the burial grounds. When scattering at sea, the urns will fully disintegrate between 2 to 3 days.
Wooden urns for ashes also help to promote the protection of the environment. Wood is a by-product from trees which means they are recyclable and biodegradable too. They make a good alternative to the specially manufactured biodegradable urns which may be a lot more costly due to their manufacturing process. Most often they are crafted with fine and elegant details making them a popular choice as a keepsake piece to memorialize the departed. They stand seamlessly as part of any interior decorations.
Whatever your choice of burial for your loved ones or pets, it is important to give some consideration to their effects on the environment. It would be great if we could contribute towards its conservation for the generations to come.