We need to change how we bury the dead

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  • Published on:  Thursday, August 24, 2017
  • The way we traditionally bury the dead is horrible for the environment.Help us make more ambitious videos by joining the Vox Video Lab. It gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with all the Vox creators, a badge that levels up over time, and video extras bringing you closer to our work! Learn more at http://bit.ly/video-labVox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oThe modern way of burying a body, the "casket in the ground method" most of us are used to is horrible for the environment. It uses an incredible amount of resources, emits toxic pollutants into the air, and pumps the ground full of formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer. It's also prohibitively expensive. The average cost of a modern funeral costs between $10,000 to $12,000.There are a number of greener options available though. Cremation uses less resources and requires less space than a traditional burial, but isn't perfect. There are more experimental methods on the horizon such as promession and alkaline hydrolysis. No matter which method we choose, it's clear that we need to reform how we bury the dead.Also be sure to read Mark Harris's excellent book about green burials http://www.gravematters.us
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  • drink15

     1 years ago

    The solution is simple. We need to stop dying.

  • King MrWolfeyes2

     2 days ago

    Greek philosophers, eat your heart out.

  • Khaleeq Smith

     17 days ago

    drink15 death rates drop to 0%


     4 months ago

    When I die just take my body to the zoo, pour Pet milk all over it, and throw it into the lion compound. That way my family can say "We poured cream on him and the lions ate him so he was cream-ated".

  • Avian Pain

     23 hours ago

    Joke is just too dark. But I did laugh.

  • TheVolstead Volstead

     2 months ago

    Wasted land:1) Cemeteries2) Golf courses

  • Thornton Mellon


    Says George Carlin

  • John Anderson

     2 months ago

    "but unfortunately hasnt been approved for human beings yet" bUt ThEyRe aLrEaDy dEaD

  • Beryllium

     10 days ago

    @I am Boss That would take lots of explosives for every body

  • ZuluAlphaCH TTV

     2 months ago

    The solution is so simple just throw the bodies over the edge of the earth so they fall into space

  • Alice Maria

     11 days ago

    ZuluAlphaCH TTV I think once in space they will be naturally cremated by the sun in under 2 minutes

  • Jared D

     1 years ago

    I cant afford to die.

  • Carter Guard

     4 days ago

    Jared D I cant even hardly afford to live

  • Avia Historia

     5 days ago

    Poor enough?

  • chongjunxiang3002

     2 months ago

    I prefer the old way, build an Egyptian pyramid. But this time everybody can come and put their dead inside.

  • A Person Using Youtube

     1 months ago

    +Miss Alia hOnEy

  • Miss Alia

     1 months ago

    That's not how pyramids work honey

  • reckersee

     29 days ago

    Just dig a hole, throw a body, and go homeThe body will dissolve and produce minerals that will help plants to grow.I would call that a win-win.

  • WillingEgg ?

     3 days ago

    *I see that as an absolute win!*

  • pandee

     2 months ago

    you can also donate your body to science!! medical students need less shady bodies 😊

  • Jamen Saziru

     2 months ago

    Toss me in a dumpster. Idgaf. I'm dead