Sure, there are the traditional routes of burial or cremation, but there’s a lot more you can do with your remains, including some alternatives that are more environmentally friendly than others. In fact, green burials are becoming increasingly more common, according to Elizabeth Fournier, who identified herself as “the one-woman funeral service in the rural town of Boring, Oregon.”
Also known as the “Green Reaper” and author of The Green Burial Guidebook, Fournier tells Lifehacker that a lot of people want to have an environmentally conscious burial, but don’t know where to start. “I wish people knew that it was very family-centric, eco-friendly, wallet-friendly and the most sustainable choice one can make,” she says. Traditional cremation and burials are more environmentally problematic than people think.
Since 2015, cremation has been more common than burial, with approximately 53.5 percent of Americans opting for cremation, versus around 40.5 percent choosing burial, according to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). By 2035, the NFDA projects that the cremation rate will reach 80 percent in the United States.
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So much of death is a mystery, between how and when we’re going to go, if there’s anything beyond the grave—you know, all the pleasant stuff. But while a lot of this is out of our control, there is one aspect of our impending deaths that we usually can choose: what happens to our body.