Why Green Burials are the Not-So-New Trend in Funeral Arrangements

Cairn marking an ancient natural burialOver the course of the past few decades, people are increasingly aware of the impact they have on the planet and many are actively searching for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. This includes doing things like recycling, reducing the use of plastics, and even choosing a green burial. Keep reading to learn more about how a green burial from a funeral home in Toronto can help the environment, and why it might be the right choice for you.

 

What is a green burial?

Simply put, a green burial is one where the body is placed directly into the earth to allow for natural decomposition. Embalming is not done, and the body is wrapped in biodegradable cloth and/or placed in an eco-friendly casket before being buried directly in the ground. This allows the body to decompose quickly and naturally.

The ground above the grave is then used to plant local trees, shrubs and plants. A green burial is more than just a statement of personal principles; it's an environmentally friendly and sustainable practice that allows the body to feed the soil and encourage new growth.  

 

How is it different from traditional burials?

A natural burial setting seamlessly integrated in a natural settingWhat we now think of as a “traditional” burial, which consists of embalming methods used to preserve the body inside an ornate coffin, are relatively modern. For millennia, the vast majority of deceased across the globe were buried using very simple methods. Historically speaking, placing a body directly into the earth is a long-standing tradition. Green burials are, in effect, a return to a more traditional and natural approach to death.

Modern caskets are chosen mostly for their appearance. Many families choose ornate coffins as a way to honour the dead, but these coffins are typically made of materials like metals and plastics that do not readily decompose.

 

Why are so many people choosing a green burial?

As people become more aware of their impact on the natural environment and increase their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, environmentally friendly options will continue to gain in popularity. Green burials give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’re doing your very best to leave the world a better place.

If you’d like to learn more about green burials, visit a Mount Pleasant Group funeral home today. For nearly 200 years, Mount Pleasant Group has been helping families celebrate and honour the lives of those they’ve lost. Contact us today to learn more about our products, services, and funeral home locations across Toronto.