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Guilt-Free Afterlife: Green Cremation

by Sarah Hill

in Cremation

Green cremation is a new alternative to burial, founded by Resomation, which is more environmentally safe than traditional burials or cremations. Resomation has distribution and manufacturing partners across the world. So far, this green cremation, known as Bio Cremation in the USA, has been legalized by three states and is currently being considered by other states. The process is also used in Canada, this time under the name of Transition Science.

The process of this cremation, also called alkaline hydrol-ysis, begins with the body being loaded in a steel basket before being placed inside the unit. The machine calculates the amount of solution needed based on body weight. The solution added is composed of water and alkali, a chemical compound. The actual cremating begins as the vessel is heated to 300-350 degrees Fahrenheit and the solution is continuously mixed in the pressurized container. Cool water is pumped through the system to cool the remains. After cooling, the vessel is drained, leaving the remains. The vessel and remains are rinsed with hot water in order to clean thoroughly. The remains are then removed from the vessel for drying and processing into pure white ash.

Resomation is an environmentally conscious option for everyone to consider. During the process, approximately 8 times less energy is used and less carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. No mercury emissions result from the process and the by-product is safe, and will not result in chemical or microbial contamination. Caskets or containers are not burned, reducing CO2 and protecting natural resources. Medical implants and pacemakers do not need to be removed prior to the cremation and mostly remain unaffected. The vessel itself is only heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature and household oven could easily reach opposed to the average 1700 degrees a traditional cremation requires.

The cost of Resomation is predicted to be about $2500 USD, the same as a normal cremation but still considerably less than the average cost of a burial which lies around $7500 USD. After the Resomation process, the pure white ash can be placed in an urn and returned to the family. Unlike with traditional cremations, funeral homes/crematoria don’t need approval from whatever national or local association that deals with pollution since no fumes are emitted, making Resomation a little easier to get up and running in new places.

Resomation is growing in popularity and seems to be headed to a bright future. As our world moves forward with technology, we can choose to make better choices for ourselves and our families.

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