With increased development, lots of areas are running out of cemetery space. A natural burial ground, as it turns out, is a more economical use of the space. “[The new] Llwyncelyn Cemetery in Cwmbran has room for burials for people in the area for 50 years,” this UK town’s council says. Read the whole thing or download this news clipping.
Burial options can be complicated. In Malton, the high demand for cremations – due to centuries-old Hindu and Sikh last rites – is irking others in the neighbourhood, who fear the chemicals released by cremation. Read this Metro news article or download this news clipping.
Exciting! Natural burial got a writeup on the David Suzuki Foundation website. As the author Lindsay Coulter asks, “Do you have a green end-of-life plan?”. Check it out or download this news clipping.
Wow. The New York Times has a fascinating little article on formaldehyde use in the burial industry. A quote: “Studies of workers exposed to high levels of formaldehyde have found higher incidences of certain types of rare cancers.” A useful reminder the natural funerals don’t just protect the environment – they protect human beings working in our industry too. Download this news clipping.
So you’ve lived the green life. But will you pass away green, or in a cloud of chemicals and toxic leaching? Our friends at Treehugger put together this little blog post on eco-friendly coffins. Read it here or download this news clipping.
Mother Earth News put together this great resource on do-it-yourself coffins, biodegradable caskets, and natural burials. There’s a bunch of terrific links in here, so check them out or download this news clipping.
This article in The Economist explores some of the most cutting-edge burial techniques – including natural burial! Despite it’s long legacy in human history, natural burial can be pretty uncommon and radical today. Read the whole thing or download this news clipping.
CityNews in Toronto interviewed the Natural Burial Association about the red tape, zoning complications and other bureaucratic obstacles that can discourage some operators from creating natural burial grounds. Read it here or download this news clipping.
This Alternet article begs the terrific question: “Is it necessary to be disinfected, preserved, cosmetized and deodorized for your going-away party?” It covers many of the critical issues around embalming – from our mortality denial issues to serious environmental harm. Read it here or download the news clipping.