Thursday, November 08, 2007
Topic for Thought
So, if a person was really planning to live a "green" life, how would you do your death?

Is it more harmful to the planet to be cremated or to be planted? On the one hand, burial means a tree has to be cut down to produce your box. On the other hand, it returns the carbon back to the earth, after a long time, though with the box interrupting the mixing, I'm not sure how effective this is and, since we don't actually grow anything in cemetaries other than grass and a few trees, I'm not sure this does any good at all.

Cremation doesn't kill any trees, but it has to consume some sort of energy to run that oven, right? And surely there is some sort of exhaust emitted. Would you want your last act on earth to be adding to greenhouse gases? I don't know.

I wonder if these are the types of quandries that keep greenies up at night...

posted by Phoenix | 11:55 AM


At 4:46 PM, Anonymous bobgirrl said...

I know, I know! How about the wood chipper??

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Caltechgirl said...

the greenest burial has got to an unembalmed body in a cardboard box or a plain wood coffin, or even just a cotton shroud. Natural decomposition is unimpeded and no pollutants get mixed into the soil.

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Lolly said...

But the green way is illegal. At least it is in Texas. Sort of makes you wish for a more "natural" conclusion, like drowning at sea or falling into a glacial crevasse, so that your body cannot be recovered.


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