Did you know the way we bury our dead impacts our climate? Traditional burial methods in the U.S. are expensive and deplete resources. The average funeral costs families between $10,000–12,000, but the climate cost is much higher. Toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenol and methyl alcohol pollute the surrounding environment and eventually leach into the groundwater. In the U.S., over 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde are buried into the ground via corpses each year. On a yearly basis, traditional burials use up enough metal to completely rebuild the golden gate bridge. If we added up the square footage of all the cemeteries in the US, it would measure up to 1 million acres of land 😱 The good news is that there are alternative ways to be buried that don't harm the environment. Such burials are called natural burials and they include using plant-based embalming fluid, biodegradable caskets or no casket at all. They allow for the body to decompose naturally–a solution that is inexpensive and good for the environment. Various versions of natural burials exist, such as turning yourself into a tree by encasing your body into a pod that will eventually grow. Or maybe you’d rather feed the fishes, sealing your ashes into an environmentally-friendly concrete ball that will be tossed into the ocean and provide valuable nutrients for fishes and coral reefs. Would you consider any of these burial methods for your funeral? Let us know in the comments below ⬇︎ - Years Of Living Dangerously

Did you know the way we bury our dead impacts our climate? Traditional burial methods in the U.S. are expensive and deplete resources. The average funeral costs families between $10,000–12,000, but the climate cost is much higher. Toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenol and methyl alcohol pollute the surrounding environment and eventually leach into the groundwater. In the U.S., over 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde are buried into the ground via corpses each year. On a yearly basis, traditional burials use up enough metal to completely rebuild the golden gate bridge. If we added up the square footage of all the cemeteries in the US, it would measure up to 1 million acres of land 😱 The good news is that there are alternative ways to be buried that don’t harm the environment. Such burials are called natural burials and they include using plant-based embalming fluid, biodegradable caskets or no casket at all. They allow for the body to decompose naturally–a solution that is inexpensive and good for the environment. Various versions of natural burials exist, such as turning yourself into a tree by encasing your body into a pod that will eventually grow. Or maybe you’d rather feed the fishes, sealing your ashes into an environmentally-friendly concrete ball that will be tossed into the ocean and provide valuable nutrients for fishes and coral reefs. Would you consider any of these burial methods for your funeral? Let us know in the comments below ⬇︎

Did you know the way we bury our dead impacts our climate? Traditional burial methods in the U.S. are expensive and deplete resources. The average funeral costs families between $10,000–12,000, but the climate cost is much higher. Toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenol and methyl alcohol pollute the surrounding environment and eventually leach into the groundwater. In the U.S., over 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde are buried into the ground via corpses each year. On a yearly basis, traditional burials use up enough metal to completely rebuild the golden gate bridge. If we added up the square footage of all the cemeteries in the US, it would measure up to 1 million acres of land 😱
The good news is that there are alternative ways to be buried that don’t harm the environment. Such burials are called natural burials and they include using plant-based embalming fluid, biodegradable caskets or no casket at all. They allow for the body to decompose naturally–a solution that is inexpensive and good for the environment. Various versions of natural burials exist, such as turning yourself into a tree by encasing your body into a pod that will eventually grow. Or maybe you’d rather feed the fishes, sealing your ashes into an environmentally-friendly concrete ball that will be tossed into the ocean and provide valuable nutrients for fishes and coral reefs. Would you consider any of these burial methods for your funeral? Let us know in the comments below ⬇︎

Did you know the way we bury our dead impacts our climate? Traditional burial methods in the U.S. are expensive and deplete resources. The average funeral costs families between $10,000–12,000, but the climate cost is much higher. Toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, phenol and methyl alcohol pollute the surrounding environment and eventually leach into the groundwater. In the U.S., over 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde are buried into the ground via corpses each year. On a yearly basis, traditional burials use up enough metal to completely rebuild the golden gate bridge. If we added up the square footage of all the cemeteries in the US, it would measure up to 1 million acres of land 😱 
The good news is that there are alternative ways to be buried that don’t harm the environment. Such burials are called natural burials and they include using plant-based embalming fluid, biodegradable caskets or no casket at all. They allow for the body to decompose naturally–a solution that is inexpensive and good for the environment. Various versions of natural burials exist, such as turning yourself into a tree by encasing your body into a pod that will eventually grow. Or maybe you’d rather feed the fishes, sealing your ashes into an environmentally-friendly concrete ball that will be tossed into the ocean and provide valuable nutrients for fishes and coral reefs. Would you consider any of these burial methods for your funeral? Let us know in the comments below ⬇︎

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