A green burial requires the burial site to be as natural and environmentally friendly as possible. Bodies are interred in a biodegradable blanket, shroud, or casket. Embalming fluids and concrete vaults have no place in a green burial.
Everything is recycled in a green burial. Nutrients are returned to the soil and help native plants grow. Planting native trees and shrubs at the burial site is common.
Many people ask how cremation compares to green burial. Cremation is more earth friendly than a traditional burial but green burials trump cremation.
Some cemeteries will allow vault-free techniques in their burials. Green burials can also take place on public and private land, although proper permits are almost always required.
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