WHAT IS GREEN BURIAL?
Green (or natural) burial emphasizes simplicity and environmental sustainability. The body is neither cremated nor prepared with chemicals such as embalming fluids. It is simply placed in a biodegradable coffin or shroud and interred without a concrete burial vault. The grave site is allowed to return to nature. The goal is complete decomposition of the body and its natural return to the soil.
Not all cemeteries offer green burials. Cemeteries are considered green if they meet the following criteria: caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. Green burial necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns.
Hybrid, natural, and conservation cemeteries choosing to follow these basic guidelines fall under the general category of green cemeteries as opposed to conventional lawn cemeteries that require concrete, plastic or other vaults or liners, and allow embalmed bodies and exotic wood or metal caskets.
Simple Traditions is pleased to offer this alternative service. We work hand in hand with local cemeteries offering this option.
For more information please call us at (916) 488-2894.