Burials are typically considered green if the body is neither cremated nor prepared with embalming chemicals, and the casket is not contained in a concrete vault. Biodegradable caskets and burial shrouds are options in lieu of traditional metal caskets. The goal is complete decomposition of the body and its natural return to the soil.
With this process, the body naturally decomposes and will eventually return to the Earth. Green burials are founded on the belief that burial practices should have a minimal impact to the environment, should conserve resources, eliminate the use of potentially harmful chemicals, and reduce carbon emissions.
Green burials are not new. Most burials before the mid-19th century were conducted this way, as are many Jewish and Muslim burials today.
Call us today at Sunset Memorial Bozeman, LLC for more information on green burials.