|2005 is the year||
287, 716,000 is the US population in 2005
2,432,000 deaths in US 2005
Now what if all these funerals were green?
Green Funerals are low cost funerals.
Green funerals and natural woodland burials are one way to lessen the impact of traditional funeral environmental harm.
While death is not an easy subject, keeping ethics and convictions going forward, a green funeral is a low environmental impact one. After all, if it is about time to go, why not go green? So let us keep the Planet Green.
# 56 million: The approximate number of people that die on the planet in a year.
# 50 million: Trees that are cut down in India each year for funeral pyres(cremation). This releases 8 million tons of carbon dioxide.
# 200: The number of green and woodland burial sites in the U.K.
# 30 million board feet of casket-
American funerals are responsible yearly for the felling of 30 million board feet of casket wood (some of which comes from tropical hardwoods),
#90,000 tons of steel,
#1.6 million tons of concrete for burial vaults,
#800,000 gallons of embalming fluid, this cancer causing formaldehyde released into the environment. Is embalming worth this cost?
#1,000- to $2,000 the cost of a green funeral.
A traditional burial costs $7,323.00 USD according to the NFDA.
Even cremation is an environmental disaster, with a crematory putting many toxic substances into the atmosphere, including dioxin, hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, and more carbon dioxide.
I hate to disappoint folks but cremation is not green. Cremation is not a green funeral and there is many a funeral home that calls it green.
What if all the funerals on the planet or in the U.S. were green?
More information can be found on this funeral director’s blog.
Sources National Geographic, Planet Green, National Funeral Directors Association as well a the experience of
Your Funeral Guy.