Wednesday, May 02, 2018

There's a Low-Energy Alternative to Cremation

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The choices you make in life affect the environment.  And so do the choices you make about death.  For example, a traditional burial involves embalming chemicals that can seep into the ground.  And cremation requires a lot of energy.  So some people are now turning to a process that’s been called “flameless cremation.”

Cattoni:  “The process is very similar to what the body intended us to do originally when we pass away, and that’s just to break itself down.”

Ryan Cattoni of Aquagreen Dispositions in Illinois says a warm alkaline solution is used to break down the remains.

Cattoni:  “We have a special machine the loved one is placed in, and the solution just gently circulates over the body.”

What’s left is a powder that families can receive in an urn, like after a traditional cremation.

Cattoni:  “So you achieve the same end result.  There’s just no two-thousand-degree heat.  There’s no smokestacks.  There’s no fossil fuels being burned.  There’s nothing released into the atmosphere.”
The process is new to the funeral industry, but as interest grows, more states are passing legislation to make it a legal, environmentally-friendly option.

Read original at There's a Low-Energy Alternative to Cremation

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