The Environmental Benefits of Cremation

As we learn more about the environmental impact of burial, more and more people are choosing cremation services rather than burial in a cemetery. Cremation ceremonies, followed by the scattering of ashes in a cremation garden, or entombment in a columbarium, are much more eco-friendly than burial plots. Here’s a look at the environmental benefits of cremation when compared to burial in a cemetery.

Conserves Natural Land

A burial plot in a cemetery requires the permanent use of valuable natural land. A casket, body, and personalized memorial are placed in the burial plot for all time, preventing use of the land for something else. After cremation, remains can be scattered in a memorial park or cremation garden, turned into cremation jewelry or a cremation boulder, or entombed in a columbarium.

Prevents Release of Toxins into the Earth

Before placing a body in a cemetery burial plot, it must be embalmed using dangerous chemicals. The body must be placed in a casket, typically made from metal, wood, and fabrics also treated with chemicals. As the body and casket break down over time, they release harmful toxins into the earth, polluting the environment. A body doesn’t need to be embalmed prior to cremation, and a casket won’t be buried in a cemetery.

Preserves Energy and Resources

In general, cremation services require fewer resources and less energy. The cremation process itself consumes very little energy. Cremation doesn’t require the manufacturing of a casket, or production and use of chemicals or natural land. A cremation service simply consists of cremation, then scattering the ashes in a memorial park or conserving them in an urn or cremation jewelry.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of cremation services near San Diego, come see us at Greenwood Memorial Park. Our funeral home holds an on-site crematorium, columbarium, cemetery garden, and memorial park. Our staff can assist you in choosing the right cremation options, cremation ceremony, and personalized memorial for your needs. To learn more about our cremation and funeral services, call us today at (619) 701-6473.

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