Is there a method of disposing of the remains of deceased humans which is a less carbon-intensive method than cremation? According to the good scientists in Belgium there is.
Funeral directors there would like to give the green light to something called Resomation, a water and alkali-based process which turns bodies into a mix of liquid and minerals. Resomation, you see, uses up much less energy than cremation and it even emits many fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
This process, legal in six of the United States of America, leaves behind soft bones and liquid. The bones can be crushed into a powder which can be recycled in waste streams or even put into urns for sentimental reflection by family members. The liquid remains do not contain DNA and could potentially be disposed of through local sewer systems.
Funeral directors in Belgium look forward to offering resomation as a burial and cremation alternative within the next three months.
Other greener funeral methods explored over the years by various companies include recycling programs for embalming fluids and even coffins which are made from environmentally sound sources, like recycled cardboard, local wool and organic cotton.
Other green burial methods include, injecting dead bodies with formaldehyde and other chemicals.
Cremation requires a great amount of fuel to sustain the high temperatures used in the burning process. Well, on average, this generates about 573 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per just one single dead body.
Cremation has also been known to release mercury emissions into the atmosphere from dental fillings.
The Scottish company, Resomation Ltd. developed the system which calls for a temperature of 180 degrees Celsius that is 80% cooler than a standard crematorium. Three resomation machines have been sold to the U.S. by the Scottish company.