Unto Dust Thou Shalt Return (as a Friend of the Environment)

August 4 2010

Standard Western practices treating the body of the deceased are hardly "green," as cremation consumes a lot of energy and often releases mercury from dental fillings, and standard burial consumes metal and concrete (not to mention taking up space).

Green death care, green forever after. That's the focus of two start-up companies Sarah Everts writes about in "Green for Eternity."

Read about the chemical and other technologies behind Resomation and Promessa Organics to address some of these environmental concerns (a caveat: not for the squeamish!).

Interestingly, both companies are located in Europe. If you're looking for North American eco-friendly end-of-life rituals, visit Green Burial Council and Green Burials.

Category: 15 Minutes of Fame
Filed under: Green, ecology