Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, February 15, 2010

Live Green, Die Green: Eco-Friendly Burials

CasketAs green living continues to grow in popularity, one survey reports that 43% of American over 50 would consider a green burial:

  • Green burials are offered in almost 30 cemeteries nationwide.
  • Green options include biodegradable caskets and formaldehyde-free embalming fluids.
  • Cremated remains are accepted at green cemeteries; however, they must be placed in a biodegradable urn. 
  • In addition to protecting the environment, a green burial is less expensive than a traditional funeral and for some, it offers a stronger connection to the dust-to-dust aspect of burial.

One green burial proponent has even considered buying his casket and using it as a coffee table.  See Katherine Lackey, Eco-conscious rest easy going green eternally, Feb. 2010. 


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