If you or a loved one is eco-conscious, you may have considered what’s known as a green or natural burial. Green burials vary from the traditional method by allowing the body to naturally decompose back into the earth. This means that traditional embalming chemicals aren’t used and the coffin will be made from a biodegradable material like cardboard or willow.
The choice you make is highly personal, but there are many benefits to choosing a green burial if you’ve been considering it as an option. Green burials have seen a rise in popularity in recent years, so read on to find out more about some of the benefits.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Many of us are becoming more conscious of our carbon footprint and looking for ways to reduce it. Green burials use fewer natural resources and fossil fuels in comparison to a traditional burial or cremation, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint.
Traditional coffins are often made from wood and metal, but sourcing these materials uses a lot of energy. Precious woods like mahogany and cherry are often used too and it can take decades to replenish these resources. By contrast, green burials use coffins made from biodegradable, eco-friendly materials like bamboo or willow.
Green burials tend to be more affordable than a traditional burial or cremation. This is partly because embalming isn’t used so the process is not as labour intensive. Coffins made from eco-friendly materials are also more affordable than traditional solid wood coffins.
Conservation of natural habitats
In a green burial, the body is allowed to naturally decompose and return to the earth. There are also no gravestones, so natural habitats remain undisturbed. The full decomposition also means that new flowers can be planted and forests and trees can thrive. Many people take comfort knowing that their loved one is safely buried in a beautiful, natural environment.
If you’re looking to arrange a green funeral in Torbay, get in touch with the experts at Stockman & Loram. Our woodland burials are perfect for anyone who was passionate about the environment and we offer a choice of natural burial sites and beautiful coffins made from biodegradable materials. We can also customise a funeral plan to suit you, such as a traditional church burial using an eco-friendly coffin. For more information about our green burials, don’t hesitate to give us a call today or contact us via the website.