Going Green whilst daisy pushing

January 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm 5 comments

Part One-Burial – Not Green The Embalming
Part Two – The Visitation-or what to decorate is the question
Part Three – A Tisket- A Tasket What type of casket?
Part Four -Going Green whilst daisy pushing

There really isn’t a pleasant way to deal with our earthly remains. No matter the way we choose – eventually what is left of us “morphs”. It really is a matter of “how long do you want it to take”?

We have learned that in the “What type of Casket” that it may take the longest time for you to eventually morph, unless you can get hold of some of those Egyptian Priests.


Now lets us talk green and coffins ( as opposed to caskets – which depending upon where you live also have some differences and where you can be buried .)

Why should it matter to us that are left for you to consider going green?

Each year, 22,500 cemeteries across the United States bury approximately:

30 million board feet (70,000 m³) of hardwoods (caskets)
90,272 tons of steel (caskets)
14,000 tons of steel (vaults)
2,700 tons of copper and bronze (caskets)
1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete (vaults)
827,060 US gallons (3,130 m³) of embalming fluid, which most commonly includes formaldehyde.

What is meant by going green when you pass?

The goal of a natural burial is to return the body to the earth in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition and allows the body to recycle naturally. It is intended as an environmentally sustainable alternative to existing funeral practices that may pose future hazards to public health and run counter to modern resource-conservation activities.


It seems it is the ultimate in recycling- cremation doesn’t actually fit the ultimate green requirements so we will leave that for another post.

Toe Pincher Coffin UK

and Willow Coffins are becoming increasingly popular in Europe due to the Willow’s ability to regenerate quickly

There are any number of biodegradable “coffins” if you wish to go back to earth .

Eco Pod – Source
Or even Coffinless- The Shrouds “you could be in ”

Shroud Source

Of course the process does involve more bacteria and creepy crawlies-

I was going into the process and pictures of the insects involved BUT it might put you off saving the planet altogether- it is hard enough to get people to put their recyclables into those blue bags around here as it is. But you can find all the info by clicking on the insects picture at this site


As gross as the creepy crawlies are they are very beneficial really and you don’t want to end up with
adipocere ( grave wax)

There is another way to go green – and this latest from Europe sounds interesting

1. The corpse is frozen down to -18 °C.
2. The coffin with the deceased is lowered into liquid nitrogen. The body becomes very firm and brittle.
3. The coffin and the body are exposed to a light vibration, disintegrating into dust.
4. Mercury and other metals are separated using and induced magnetic field.
5. 25 – 30 kg of the powder now remains. This is put into a coffin made from maize starch of potato starch.
6. The starch coffin is buried shallowly and will turn into compost in 6 – 12 months’ time. A tree can be planted on the grave. It will then absorb the nutrients given off.

If you want to go Green there are many “Green Cemeteries ” world wide -Here in Ohio you might want to look into
Foxfield Preserve, Wilmott , Ohio
from this
Foxfield burial and in a couple of months

Green burials rely on GPS – isn’t technology wonderful- you can be put into your loved ones Sat Nav.

Foxfield Preserve is a nature preserve cemetery operated by The Wilderness Center. It is the first “green cemetery” operated by a non-profit conservation organization in the U.S. and the first of its kind in Ohio.


You can also check out the site for Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio

and lastly to find a”green cemetery world wide”



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A Tisket – A Tasket – What Type of Casket? Viking Funeral- the alternative cremation

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Liz  |  January 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    So there’s tons of formaldehyde in our ground? Does that affect our water supply?

    Here are some other things people do with remains: make a coral reef out of ashes and cement, then put it in the ocean. Some use the carbon from the body to make a diamond. There’s also the science exhibits that use plastination. Some want their ashes to be sent to outer space.

  • 2. thatwoman  |  January 21, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Yes Liz and I will cover some of those briefly at the end of the series as I close it up 🙂 I suppose that if you are in those double sealed and entombed caskets the chemicals and the gunk that was you will be sealed in for quite a while .. one writer wrote to make sure you have plenty of puffy pillows and padding in one of those caskets. to act as a sponge …. it is really only North America that is the main source for all this embalming and cadillac caskets ( due to the business that grew out of embalming during the Civil War) hopefully it won’t catch on in the rest of the world but………

  • 3. shroudwoman  |  January 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    A shroud is 10-15 yds of plain natural fabric wound around a body.
    The “shroud” shown on your weblog is a poorly constructed ripped off replica of the KINKARACOtm shroud which was the first designed and constructed shroud product by Esmerelda Kent a founding green burial worker at FERNWOOD California’s first Green cemetery.
    KINKARACOtm-Green Burial Products (www.greenburialproducts.com)
    has revolutionized the funeral industry (see “Entrepreneurs Changing the Funeral Industry “Business WeeK magazine June 2008).
    The reason we take the time to write here is that many people
    jump on the “Green Burial ” bandwagon who have never actually worked with corpses in a cemetery or funeral home and design products ( or steal designs from others) that are a nightmare to actually use in a burial or funeral service- ripping, dropping, etc.The things i’ve seen!
    Thank you very much for your informative article and do visit our website- the true “shroud source”.

  • 4. thatwoman  |  January 21, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Shroudwoman… I have added a link in your comment for readers. If you link back to previous articles you will see I am trying to give readers “options” so that they can make an educated decision ( and hopefully write it down) so they aren’t “hijacked” … we are all learning what happens after we die in this series, at least I hope so…., and I am asking the questions that we wonder about but are afraid to ask……. so thank you for expanding upon the subject matter. Loraine

  • 5. dave C  |  January 22, 2010 at 9:20 pm


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