Sunday, November 19, 2017

Going out in eco-style

Even your last act can make a difference to your family and the earth. Instead of paying a fortune to the funeral industry, more and more people are exploring greener, cheaper alternatives.

When I was on a volunteer vacation to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana, I was shocked to find that the cemetary and the lake below was a polluted ‘brownfield site,’ thanks to formaldehyde in the embalming fluid.

This method (of burial) also consumes a great deal of natural resources. Each year, we bury800,000 gallons of formaldehyde-based embalming fluid, 115 million tons of steel, 2.3 billion tons of concrete, and enough wood to build 4.6 million single-family homes.
I don’t want to lock the atoms I’ve borrowed at the time of my death in a hermetically sealed box. They aren’t my atoms anyway; you don’t die with the same atoms you were born with. Your body is constantly trading atoms with Nature.  I want my last atoms to go back into circulation. That’s my version of reincarnation. I’ll come back as a tree, a grub and maybe a butterfly.

What do you want?

If you’re curious about options, here’s a recent article.

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