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Green Is In, Even In Afterlife

‘Going green’ has been a pretty popular bandwagon to jump on lately. Automobile companies, grocery and clothing stores are all coming out with products that encourage eco-conscious lifestyles. But there is one industry that is also pushing ‘green’ products that you may find a bit unexpected, to say the least: funeral homes. Yes, even funeral homes have things to offer that are not only cheaper, but also more eco-friendly than traditional end-of-life arrangements.

A June 15, 2009, Chicago Tribune article pays its respects to a funeral home in Bainbridge Island, Illinois, that offers many alternative and green choices, for shall I say, its customers. In place of an ordinary casket, you can choose a hand-woven one made of willow, sea grass, or bamboo. These unique caskets are biodegradable and surprisingly, cost less than a customary one. Another option you have is a floating urn that disintegrates in water after sinking. This urn is also easier on the pocket book than a regular porcelain or ceramic one. Because funerals can be pricey, these options allow families to commemorate a loved one, and not the cost associated with their passing away.

Although the topic of funeral can be like talking about the elephant in the room, it is good to know that some funeral homes offer unique and eco-friendly alternatives to families. Despite the fact that ‘going green’ is generally associated with higher costs, this is one instance in which helping the environment won’t break the bank.


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