a coffinPeople who care about the environment and live ethically may want their death to represent their values. An eco-friendly funeral will give them a great send-off that uses fewer resources.

Global warming is a top environmental concern, and people who care about the planet may want a funeral that is in line with their values. Green funeral plans are ideal for such people in the United Kingdom.

No Embalming

Embalming uses formaldehyde—a carcinogen that can cause throat and nasal cancer—to preserve the body. If buried, formaldehyde leaks out into the soil and can end up in rivers. Embalming isn’t strictly necessary, and it adds to the cost of burial. Remains can be stored in a refrigerator before the funeral.

Eco Coffins

Traditional coffins are usually made of MDF wood. MDF chipboard may not be produced from sustainable forest, and MDF contains adhesives that are carcinogenic. Manufacturers who breathe in MDF dust may develop asthma.

Solid wood from sustainable sources, such as wicker, bamboo and cardboard are eco-friendly alternatives. An eco-coffin reduces emissions by 50%.

Horse and Carriage

Transportation to a quiet site in a horse-drawn vehicle does not cause traffic fumes. Green funerals are becoming more common, so another option is to pick a location close to home.

Memorial Tree

Instead of a headstone, people can choose a memorial tree and plaque to honour the memory of the deceased while contributing to reforestation. Owners of an eco-friendly funeral plan can also decide to be buried or have their ashes scattered in a memorial forest or wildflower meadow. Wildflower meadows are not mowed like cemeteries, which saves fuel and energy.

These are some of the different options available to people who want to have a green funeral. Funeral directors can help them find a plan that suits both their personality and values.