What environmentally friendly ways are there to be buried and returned to Earth?
As an environmentally minded person, I was thinking: I don't want to take up a plot of land once I have passed that can't be used by anyone or anything else. I also don't want to be turned into ashes or be fed to fish, so what are my options to be dispersed among nature in an environmentally friendly manner and provide for nutrients for new life that comes after I pass, without taking up a plot of land on Earth for the foreseeable future?
It's a fair question, and I especially agree with your idea that burial plots increasingly take up too much space, as the (dying) population expands. In the past, burial plots and stone markers actually left an important historical an genealogical record. Now, our existence on earth is recorded in various other ways.
So-- I don't mind if my body is fed to the fish, turned to ash or naturarlly decomposed in a 'green' burial. I know my body is mortal; my soul is not.
John...I cannot believe you asked this question.! Just a few days ago, I read an article that really caught my attention and sparked my interest. I don't recall WHERE I read it...but that doesn't really matter.
It was about a company that will place one's ashes into a bio-degradbale urn...(I believe one of the ingredients of the Urn is coconut shell)
Seeds are placed into this urn along with the ashes of the deceased and it is all planted in the ground to grow as any type of tree you choose.
I remember thinking what an incredibly brilliant concept. However, it would be exceptionally important as to WHERE the family would decide to plant it. After all, there are numerous things to consider since a tree lasts forever & ever.
If I had to make this decision, I would do a lot of research and discovery...since I would not want to choose an area that may one day be developed for any reason.....you know, as in "cutting down trees."
It probably wouldn't be wise to plant the tree on your own property because you or your future family members may not live there or own the property for the next 200 years.
So, anyway, I don't know what you might think of this, but just thought I'd pass it on. I do recall the name of a company that does this. It was simply "Bio Urn.".....
I was reading about tree urns a few months ago:
Hi Marie......must be the same article I just read recently. Pretty unique idea, don't you think?
Thanks! This is what I was looking for as far as giving my body back to new life, but I'm not sure I want to be cremated. Seems kind of creepy.
I think it is a really beautiful idea. What better way to give to your planet and to the future for all living things. Think I'm interested in donating my brain, and then having this bio-urn somewhere where it won't be taken down.
I actually plan to give my body first to science so medical students can learn. After which I will be cremated and my ashes will be sprinkled in the Missouri River so I can rest among the fish and nature.
Why not allow science students use me first since I no longer need my shell and then not waste any land. I would rather rest among the creatures of the earth. My sister died of complications of lupus and she did the same thing. Plus it is less expensive for burial this way. I don't need a fancy urn to be placed in a tomb or a closet. Seriously, give me to nature.
Grey Temples..Good for you!..I have the same.My body is donated to the Medical School at a State University I haven't spoken to my sons about my ashes because I am still deciding.. If I don't specify, I guess it will be up to them.
How wonderful for you as well! Hey, we are only using our bodies so why not allow science use them after we are done with them.
That is a great idea. As someone with a life-long interest in science and the betterment of mankind, I will consider donating my body to further scientific research.
by Linda Crampton6 years ago
Have you planned what will happen to your body once you've died? What do you think of these new, environmentally friendly body processing techniques? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14114555
by Tammy5 years ago
Are there environmentally friendly ways to clean the outside of my home without killing my flowers?
by frash7 years ago
What is the most environmentally friendly car?
by ttrash7 years ago
What are your tips for being environmentally friendly?
by LandRoverLover7 years ago
Can you publish a hub on the Freelanders environmentally friendly features?
by annaglomesh5 years ago
Have you decided what you want when the time comes - burial or cremation?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.