Exit Strategies and Green, Water cremation-Your Funeral Guy

17 Sep
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The Economist has included Green, Water cremation, Resomation,  and aquamation  in  an article on Exit Strategies.

Alkaline Hydrolysis disposition will revolutionize death and dying in the English speaking world because the process has a better Carbon Footprint than Cremation Or Burial. The process is good for the Earth. The consumer can be charge less than fire or cremation traditional burial. Initially costs to the consumer may be over priced. As Green cremation gains acceptance the price will come down, and benefit the consumers funeral cost.

New technologies are changing the picture, too. One is “water cremation” or alkaline hydrolysis, where a corpse is placed into a heated solution of water and potassium hydroxide. In a few hours, the corpse dissolves into an inorganic liquid, which can be used as a fertiliser, and a white ash-like residue. Aquamation Industries, an Australian company, opened a water-cremation facility in Queensland last month. Resomation, a British firm, will install equipment in Florida by the year-end. Its founder, Sandy Sullivan, says conventional cremation produces four times as much CO2 as does this process.

via www.economist.com

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2 Responses to “Exit Strategies and Green, Water cremation-Your Funeral Guy”

  1. cycledlife September 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    The key to widespread availability of alkaline hydrolysis disposition is the cost of the systems. At $450,000 for total cost of ownership for the Resomation(R) system, this option is not cost competitive with cremation.

    Our CycledLife systems sell for $128,000. The total cost including freight should be less than $140,000. At this price point, alkaline hydrolysis makes economic sense. http://www.CycledLife.com

  2. yourfuneralguy September 20, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    Widespread availability of Alkaline Hydrolysis disposition is important. The more widespread availability, the greater the benefit to the earth.

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