Cremation or Burial: Which is the Eco-Friendly Choice?

funeral and cemetery; urn funeralPeople who are concerned about the environment and how they live should also be concerned about what happens after they die. Both cremation and burial have an ecological impact, but which is the greener choice?

More people today think about their “carbon footprint” and how their daily lives and activities leave a mark on the planet for good and bad, but fewer consider what should happen to their remains. It isn’t something people like to think about, but they should for future generations.

Find out whether it’s better to go for a traditional burial or cremation in Clearfield

Advantages of Burial

Burial produces less air pollution than cremation. Cremating a body takes up a lot of energy. If the deceased had mercury amalgam fillings, the mercury is released into the atmosphere where it can end up mixing with rainwater and rivers. Mercury affects a baby’s development and causes cognitive and speech problems.

Cremation also releases dioxins, as does anything that is burned. Burial reduces some of these risks. The bodies of the deceased can be buried with cardboard or biodegradable willow caskets to reduce the amount of time it takes for all the components to decompose and return to the soil. A cardboard casket is cheaper than a traditional casket.

Advantages of Cremation

Cremation uses up less land. Millions of people die around the world and many of them choose burial, but there’s only so much land that can support the number of bodies interned. Embalming fluid, which contains cancer-causing formaldehyde, seeps into the soil as the body slowly decomposes after burial. Formaldehyde has been linked to throat and nasal cancers and leukemia.

On the other hand, ashes from cremation can be scattered in places other than a cemetery, such as the deceased person’s favorite place. Cremation is the space-saving option and makes more efficient use of land in an over-populated world. Crematoriums use filtration devices to remove harmful amalgams and other emissions. Whichever type of funeral you choose, funeral directors can help you and your family learn the pros and cons and make the right decision.