- Green burial GroundImage via Wikipedia
Talk of Eco Friendly Burials are growing, as recently reported in The Huffington Post. Yes it is true that more Americans want eco Friendly Burials and home funerals. Green Burial grounds are opening across the United States. The reality is that the number of green burials beyond the Traditional Jewish or Muslim green funeral is not high. Mostly what we have in terms of Green burial is just talk. however when thoughts turn to talk they soon turn to action.
The latest form of green burial is alkaline hydrolysis disposition also known as green cremation, resomation, water resolution, water cremation, aqamation, resomation, cycledlife, and cycledburial. It is a new form of burial that has the lowest carbon footprint of all forms of burial.
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Recently I have become aware of several Crematories that have burned down and even burned funeral homes down. As a crematory operator i have dealt with fires in the crematory, grease fires.
The new green cremation process using water does not use fire, only water and alkali-accelerating decomposition.
“A structural fire was extinguished Saturday, August 21 at around 12:30 p.m. at Countryside Funeral Home, 950 S. Bartlett Road by the Bartlett Fire Protection District and members of other area fire districts including Hanover Park, Streamwood, Bloomingdale, Itasca, Pingree Grove and Countryside.
Bartlett police said the fire appeared to have originated in the funeral home’s crematory and caused about $100,000 worth of damage to the roof and crematory.”
When fire cremation is not used-Accelerating decomposition-through alkaline hydrolysis, bio cremation, water cremation, water resolution, resomation etc there is not the same threat of fire as with fire cremation.
The Most recent out of control crematory fire struck in my area.
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- Typical American Crematorium Image via Wikipedia
The worlds first green cremation center has opened in Australia. In June Your Funeral Guy became aware that an Alkaline Hydrolysis machine was being shipped to Australia.
Alkaline hydrolysis or water cremation will revolutionize the Funeral Industry Around the World. The process can be done at cost less to the consumer-much less than a traditional cremation without polluting the atmosphere. In Fact the process helps the environment. This will help consumers funeral cost everywhere in the world.
Your Funeral Guy first blogged about the demonstration of a machine like the one in Australia in June. Click Here to View pictures.
The process is a winner all the way around. Good for the consumer, good for the funeral industry, good for the environment, good for the world’s religions-(gods will not object, it is simply accelerated decomposition)
Aquamation Industries chief executive John Humphries says the service, at the Eco Memorial Park at Stapylton near Dreamworld, uses a process it hopes will revolutionise the funeral industry.
“Aquamation is a more natural, ethical and environmentally friendly alternative to cremations and uses water instead of fire to return a body to nature,” the Courier Mail quoted Humphries as saying.
“And within a year we would expect you would be able to have this done anywhere in Australia,” he stated.
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The process is known as bio cremation, water resolution, green cremation, aquamation, water cremation
Here is a tale of two Bio Cremation Machines in pictures, One is being promoted by Matthews International, another is being promoted by CycledLife. Interestingly the Mathews Machine is priced at nearly five times that of cycledlife. The Cycledlife machine will undergo further testing and demontration in June. Although Matthews International Bio Cremation Resomation Machine is going in St. Petersburg,Florida, not much has been revealed as to the specifics, other than the Anderson- McQueen Funeral Home location.
Here is a picture of the traditional Resomation Bio cremation Machine:
Here is a picture of the CycledLife Water Resolution Machine.
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Thomas Lynch, The Funeral Industry Guru and Poet has issued an assault on Green Cremation or Bio Cremation.The Process is also known as Resomation and Waterless Resolution.
The process has much better carbon footprint than traditional cremation.
However, Thomas Lynch, funeral director at Milford, Michigan’s Lynch & Sons, and the author of a book of poems and short stories called Apparition and Late Fictions, doesn’t predict a spike in requests for bio-cremation anytime soon.
“There are significant expenses involved,” Lynch tells Minyanville. “There’s a big difference between a traditional $250 cremation and a $1000 ‘green’ cremation. Alkaline hydrolysis will separate the environmentally conscious from the environmentally passionate.”
What shocks me here is that Lynch knows The traditional cremation is not $250.00. You will not even find a low cost funeral provider at that price.
Lynch also knows that Bio Cremation, green cremation is less far less expensive than the Traditional Funeral.
Lynch’s latest book Apparition and Late Fictions, is an attempt to keep Traditional Cremation under the Control of the Traditional Funeral Home, according to the upcoming Your Funeral Guy Book Review.
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Breaking News-New Bio Cremation Machine Available
Breaking news-A new Water Resolution Bio, Cremation Machine will be revealed Tuesday at The Minnesota Funeral Directors Assoaiation(MFDA) Convention In St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Machine costs much less than The Bio Cremation Machines now being put in Funeral Homes in Tennessee and Florida.
The machine debuts May 11th 2010.
Until recently there only have been 2 companies BioSAFE and Matthews International that are providing these type of machines.
But now there is new company CycledLife that has put out a new Bio Cremation, or Water Resolution Machine.
This became news in a comment on this blog
“As cremation and burial harm the living, clearly, water and alkali disposition is the single best option for the final disposition of human remains. The problem with this technology has been the high capital cost for high-pressure systems. CycledLife, http://www.CycledLife, will be unveiling a low-temperature system at the MFDA’s convention held in St. Cloud from May 11-12, 2010. The system is being offered for $128,000 – a lot less than the old high temperature systems. At this low capital cost for a water and alkali system, crematories will soon be dead.”
There is more information on this machine here:
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