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Reduce, reuse, recycle. It's not just a mantra people are reciting while they are alive. Many are embracing it as a way to leave the planet a better place. Plus, what's healthy for the earth may also be better for your budget. The average cost of a funeral in the U.S. is $6,500. Add in a few extras, and it can easily pass $10,000. Higher prices are often due to the costs of ornate caskets, burial plots, transportation and memorials. In Great Britain, where eco-friendly funerals are common, the average cost of a funeral is $1,650. "Going green" Eco-friendly funerals usually include coffins made of material that breaks down quickly. Popular green casket options include rice straw baskets or boxes made of simple wood or cardboard. Cardboard breaks down easily and burns well during cremation. Traditional coffins are often made of metals or lacquered woods held together with toxic glue. Glue can be released into the environment as the box decays. Traditional coffins may also have plastic or metal parts, which may not break down for thousands of years. Green cemeteries means more than good lawn care Cemeteries that accept eco-friendly burials often look more like nature preserves. Many don't allow headstones. Graves may be marked by newly planted trees along with simple stone or wood markers. Landscaping may look nothing like the manicured lawns of traditional graveyards. Less embalming Embalming preserves a body using toxic chemicals. The process makes it possible to hold wakes over many days or to preserve the body for transport. It is not required by any U.S. law. Though the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has strict rules on the use of embalming fluids, some can end up in sewer systems. When a body decays, those toxins can seep into ground water. The practice of embalming is on the decline. Cremations are on the rise, and people are looking for ways to reduce funeral costs. Green funerals and burials don't involve embalming bodies. Many eco-friendly burials dress bodies in natural fibers that are biodegradable. Cremated remains can be buried in green cemeteries using non-toxic urns that break down easily. More cremation Cremation quickly reduces a body to its elements. It's often the least expensive option. It also helps cheap kamagra online avoid the cost of a grave. However, cremation does burn fossil fuels, which has an impact on the environment. Less land and energy are needed to bury cremated remains. The energy used for cremation is less than the energy for machines and the labor needed to dig a grave or build a crypt. It also costs less to transport cremated remains. Remains can be sent home or to special places for scattering. But first find out where cremated remains can legally be scattered. Leaving remains at sea must meet guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Remains must be scattered at least three miles from shore and in seas at least 600 feet deep. The number of eco-friendly funerals and methods for depositing cremated remains are rising in the United States. With a little research and advice from loved ones, you may find added comfort in saying "goodbye" the "green" way.

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