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Are Cremation Services Green?

It’s no wonder people are looking for ways to make body disposition more environmentally friendly with all the recent talk about climate change and the environment. Many are looking to cremation services in Penn Township, PA as the answer.

Are cremation services better for the environment than other disposition methods? If not, are there any options for a greener burial or cremation? The basic cremation method does have slight environmental impact as is requires the burning of fossil fuels achieve the intense heat necessary to break down a body. However, it is better than traditional burial as it doesn’t involve embalming or other harsh pollutants being put into the ground.

But don’t worry just yet! You personally can take steps to make cremation services greener. A few ways you can help out are:

  • If you do choose to bury the remains, do so in a natural urn or container that breaks down naturally. Choose a receptacle made out of handmade paper or Himalayan rock salt.
  • Remove any dental fillings before the cremation. When dental amalgams are burned, they release a lot of harmful mercury gas into the air. BY removing the amalgams before the cremation, you are helping prevent these emissions.
  • Use eco-friendly cremation caskets. These are specially built to not release any harmful gases or chemicals when burned, over traditional caskets that are made with chemicals and products that do not burn well.
  • Choose to scatter the remains post-cremation. Buried remains use up ground space with caskets, and any chemicals leftover from the process could seep into the ground. Scattering takes up less space!

There are other greener cremation services available thanks to modern advancements and awareness. Green cremation services take a few more steps to make the entire process cleaner and eco-friendlier. Green cremations, or natural cremations and eco-cremations, use no harmful or toxic chemicals to treat or embalm the body. This reduces the amount of harmful gases released during the cremation. Another type of green cremation service is bio-cremation. Bio-cremation uses alkaline hydrolysis, or water resolution, to break down the body. The body is put inside a special chamber filled with potassium hydroxide, water, heat and pressure for a few hours. Over time, the elemental combination breaks down the body into bone fragments just like traditional cremation services. The remains from bio-cremation can be scattered or buried just like traditional remains. Bio-cremation uses much less fossil fuel and energy and does not let off as much gas or emissions. As it’s still a fairly new method, bio-cremation is not readily available and may be more expensive.

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Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. if you have any more questions about green cremations, or Penn Township, PA cremation services. We have years of cremation experience and would be honored to work with you to make sure your environmental and cremation needs are met. Please stop by and visit us or give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you.