Eco-friendly options for disposal of your body are discussed in the most recent episode of “Costing the Earth”, Radio 4’s series looking at the impact of humans on our environment.
Green Burials discussed this week
Presenter Tom Heap explores whether burial at sea is as ecologically sound as it might appear, visits a woodland burial site (but notes the worry that one might be walking on graves), looks into embalming and explains the new processes available for freeze-drying or chemically-dissolving the body.
Interestingly his companion concludes that any processing of the body, whether through fire or chemicals, is not for her. Burial in the local churchyard with bio-degradable trappings is an attractive and practical solution, especially given the current discussions over the right to re-use burial plots after a period of 75-100 years.
How reassuring that in the 21st century we should look back to the practices of our forefathers and find them both sound and sensible. In both financial and ecological senses, the disposal of our bodies on death need not cost the earth.
Radio 4 Costing the Earth on I-Player
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