OCEAN BODY BURIALS, DIRECT GREEN BURIALS
Each year, 22,500 cemeteries across the US bury approx.:
827,000 gallons of embalming fluid, containing formaldehyde (formalein)
30 million board feet of tropical hardwoods
104,000 tons of steel
2,700 tons of copper and bronze
1,600,000 tons of concrete
There are approx. 2 million acres of cemeteries in the US
The current cemetery model takes land out of the public domain forever,
For one single purpose.
The average funeral costs $6,000 in the US
not including the casket and burial plot.
THE DEATHSTORE obtained certification as a 3-leaf provider by meeting the most stringent Green Burial Council standards for funeral home certification which include: accommodating home vigils without embalming, offering families the option of a public viewing without embalming, carrying at least three approved burial containers, and making available the sanitation, preservation and restoration of a decedent using only non-invasive techniques and materials.
The Green Burial Council is an independent, tax-exempt, non-profit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainable death care and the use of green burial as a new means of protecting natural areas.
There are approximately 300 Green Burial Council approved providers in North America. (www.greenburialcouncil.org)
Think Cremation is more environmentally friendly?
North America uses enough fossil fuel for cremation to drive you halfway to the sun! According to the United Nations 0.2% of global dioxin and furan emissions are produced by cremation. Cremation emits into the atmosphere: carbon monoxide, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen chloride, NM VOCs as well as other heavy metals and organic pollutants.