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Biodegradable Wool Coffins

April 7, 2011

People don’t like to talk about death for obvious reasons, which is probably why not many people realize just how taxing the burial process can be on the environment. A while back, GOOD Magazine featured a video on their site detailing just how wasteful the whole death deal really is. In the US, 32% of people in the US get cremated, a process which emits carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. Casket burials leak chemicals (formaldehyde and methyl alcohol) into the ground, eventually finding their way into our water sources. In addition, casket burials use 30 million feet of hardwood, 104,000 tons of steel, 2,700 tons of copper and bronze, 1.6 millions tons of concrete, and 827,000 gallons of embalming fluid annually. GOOD offers a few options, but we like the idea of “spend[ing] eternity in the postmortem equivalent of a Snuggie, AND it’s better for the environment.”

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