Jan 10, 2008

Eco-Friendly Burials - How to Be Green After Death

You think you're so green. You drive a hybrid car, you recycle, you compost, and you bring your own bags to the grocery store. That's all fine and good -- while you're alive, but what are you going to do for the environment after you die?

Apparently, the way we do death in this culture wreaks havoc on the earth. Embalming, elaborate caskets, concrete vaults, and emissions from cremation facilities all have a destructive effect on the environment.

Thankfully, there are burial alternatives that will lighten our carbon footprint. Shae Irving's article, Green Burials: Protect the Environment and Your Pocketbook, suggests several ways in which we can continue to be green, even after we're gone.

For example, we can request to be buried in a plain wooden box, or we can buy a plot at a cemetery that doesn't require burial in a concrete vault.

Read more about dying green in the Wills and Estate Planning section of www.nolo.com.