While many don’t know this, cremation is not an environmentally-friendly practice. It takes a lot of fossil fuels to perform the process and does generate carbon emissions. That’s one of the reasons why we’re such advocates of the new bio-cremation or “green cremation” alternatives being presented.
Florida has already passed a measure allowing the new bio-cremation process and California has new legislation up before the legislature to pass the measure. The process, which uses alkaline hydrolysis machines, has been used extensively and for years in the scientific fields. Though a pressurized system, a body can be reduced to cremains in about three hours and with no negative impact on the environment.
We have no problem starting the tough conversations that families face when they’ve lost a loved one. Approaching an issue with insight, offering information and extending ourselves as a resource is at the heart of our business. Anyone in search of a green funeral can choose cremation, which already offers less of a carbon (and financial) footprint. Biodegradable urns are also an important focus for us, as we only select those that are truly designed as biodegradable urns, not simply chemically-treated wood or ceramic urns that advertise themselves as “environmentally friendly.”
We’ll be watching the legislation as it moves through the California system and hope that what’s historically been a progressive state will make strides towards making green cremation/bio-cremation a readily available and eventually widely-accepted process. We love it when families have alternatives!
The LA Times published an excellent article on the bio-cremation process. Read it here.