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Greener Funerals: make an eco-exit

Death isn't the best thing for the environment. Cremation sends more than 6.8 million tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere every year, caskets take a long time to biodegrade and burial leads to methane emission (the second most prevalent greenhouse gas).

But environmentally-friendly burial options are becoming more usual. Wicker and cardboard coffins can replace traditional wood, natural fibers are used for clothing, a burial plot in a natural setting and dry ice is used rather than formaldehyde.

New legislation in Britain requires reductions in the mercury content of plastics and treatments used in coffins since 2010. Green burial services keep popping up around the globe to curb post-mortem emissions as green funerals attempt to be eco-friendly at every stage.


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