Green funerals can be especially meaningful for families who believe that preserving the environment is very important, as well as providing a fitting tribute for the person who has died.
So how can a green funeral be achieved?
There are a number of ways in which you can make a funeral greener from choosing where the cremation or burial will take place to choosing what type of coffin is used. Burials and cremations, as with everything in life, use natural resources and fossil fuels. Working to limit the amount of these natural resources, used in the funeral service, can significantly decrease the impact on the environment. So for people who want to minimise the impact on the environment then this can be an important choice and something which we can guide you through.
Cremation in the UK is achieved by burning fossil fuels and quite often the age of the crematorium will depend on whether the energy usage is efficient or not. For example Redditch crematorium recycles heat waste to heat the local swimming pool, as well as removing mercury in line with EU legislation and was awarded a green apple award for their ambitious project. So selecting this crematorium as a venue where the funeral takes place is a step closer to a greener funeral.
Choosing an environmentally friendly coffin can also be a big step towards reducing emissions into the atmosphere and at Andrew Phillips Funeral Service we offer a wide range of environmentally friendly coffins to make sure you can achieve a greener funeral.
After the cremation choosing how to remember your loved one can also have a big impact on the environment. For example using urns or caskets which will naturally break down without causing damage to the environment.
A green burial is usually achieved by choosing a biodegradable coffin or one that is constructed of natural materials such as wicker or cardboard. The internment can then also take place innatural surroundings, such as a meadow or woodland area.
Burial in a shroud is also proving to be a way in which to decrease the impact on the environment as a coffin is not used at all in this case.
Natural burial grounds are designed to fit in within the local environment as well as providing homes to wildlife. Some natural burial grounds will insist on metal fittings if a wooden coffin is chosen or that the person who has passed away has not been embalmed.
When opting for a greener funeral, choosing not to embalm is a significant way to reduce the risk of harmful chemicals being released. Embalming fluid is comprised of formaldehyde, which some people believe can be damaging to the environment.
The use of wild flowers to mark the grave, rather than a headstone, can also benefit the environment and help the bee population, which is in decline.
So to find out more about how to make a funeral greener please don't hesitate to contact us on 01684 563983 or 01905 616222. We are experienced in conducting all aspects of a green funeral or natural burial.
Visit the natural death centre for even more information on http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk/