Earth Island Institute logo, tap or click to visit the Institute home page

Go Back: Home > Earth Island Journal > Latest News

Natural Burial Industry Is Greening End-of-Life Options – March 13, 2017

From underwater reefs to woodland cemeteries, eco-burials help reduce postmortum pollution

As people grow increasingly concerned about reducing their carbon footprint, a natural byproduct of greener lives is greener exits. That’s where the fledgling green burial industry comes in, catering to the millions who don’t want pollution to be their postmortem legacy. From bicycle hearses to biodegradable urns to burlap sacks, this booming new biz is spurning an end-of-life revolution.

natural burialPhoto courtesy of Memorial EcosystemsA natural burial site at Ramsey Creek Preserve, a green cemetery in Westminster, South Carolina.

Eco-burial options offer an alternative to standard western practices. Of the roughly half of Americans who opt for burial, the process often involves… more

by: Hannah Chenoweth

(1) Comments

View Posts by Date View Posts by Author


Four issues for just
$15 a year.

cover thumbnail EIJ

Join Now!