GOING GREEN TO THE GRAVE
In the U.S., woodland cemeteries are another way the funeral industry has gone green. Here are a few more paths to an environmentally correct afterlife.
In Sweden, you body can be dipped in liquid nitrogen, become brittle, then turn to dust. Remains are placed in a shallow grave, where they would nourish the earth faster than they would with other burials.
SLEEP WITH THE FISHES
A U.S. company, Eternal Reefs, puts remains in a module that mimics a coral reef. The reef balls, which last 500 years, are then dropped into the ocean to create new marine habitats.
BAD TEETH, BAD TOXINS
By 2012, half the creamtoriums in Birtain will have filters that reduce the emission of mercury, which is used for dental fillings.The toxic metal can cause severe pollution when vaporized.
A DIAMOND IS FOREVER
Cremation conserves land, so companies have developed ways to reuse remains. LifeGem captures carbon from ashes to create shiny synthetic diamonds that can cost up to $20,000.
(Source: Abstracted from TIMEMAG by:Elisabeth Salemme)