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.

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    The 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
  • Source: https://youtu.be/o2dvXWX3Sdw


  • cameleast#1


     7 hours ago

    I’m happy I’m Muslim Alhamdulillah at least I don’t have to worry about how I’m doing to buried we don’t use a casket

  • Darling Darylann

    Darling Darylann

     2 days ago



  • Венета Светославова

    Венета Светославова

     3 days ago


  • Squsodu


     4 days ago +1

    simple, it actually might not be that necessary if we find a way to stop aging

  • Jan bol

    Jan bol

     4 days ago

    Honestly I don't see the problem....

  • chris agurs

    chris agurs

     5 days ago

    We need to change how we bury the dead

    Me: But they won't, you know they won't

  • Montana Roots

    Montana Roots

     5 days ago

    Mitford did this in the 1960’s. In fact because of it RFK was leery dealing with the funeral industry when he had to have JFK’s body cleaned up and casketed.

  • MC King

    MC King

     7 days ago

    "Remove the harmful metals leftover from your dental fillings."

  • tony hernandez

    tony hernandez

     7 days ago

    What if we want our dead body in lava or Amber😗😗

  • chukchee


     7 days ago

    Give the dead bodies to the vultures.

  • Vampire Don

    Vampire Don

     7 days ago

    legalization of cannibalism simple solution

  • Arbaz Alware

    Arbaz Alware

     7 days ago +1

    The Parsees community in India literally feeds the dead to the vultures out of respect for nature.

  • Captain687


     7 days ago

    I like the body wrapped in white cloth then buried. Seems better that way.

  • ashley fowlkes

    ashley fowlkes

     7 days ago

    Yet another reason to vote ! 😂 exercise your rights fellow Americans

  • B


     14 days ago

    Donating my body to the university of Tennessee body farm

  • Khalid Sheikhomar

    Khalid Sheikhomar

     14 days ago

    Every soul shall taste death.

  • Chrissie Bethune

    Chrissie Bethune

     14 days ago

    I'm glad for some of the silly and humuorous comments here because this is a grim topic, but also an important one. I think natural burial is the way to go. If we do it with our companion animals, I don't see why we can't go back to doing the same with our own species.

  • Dave Brown

    Dave Brown

     14 days ago

    I can't wait for the day we can bury Vox.

  • ARX 351

    ARX 351

     14 days ago

    Why not use corpses for making animal food?

  • Hubert Farnsworth

    Hubert Farnsworth

     14 days ago

    I know
    It needs a complete overhaul
    To many zombies coming in our neighborhoods robbing people
    We need to ride up and double tap them
    Then we won’t need caskets, just fire

    Oh wait this video is about the money involved in burying the dead
    Ohhhhh never mind