Going Green In The Afterlife

You can now go green even in the afterlife.

Funeral homes are offering more options to those who want to return to nature more naturally.

Going green, even in death, can be a reality.

This is bamboo construction can also be wicker, sea grass and solid wood, said Nicos Elias.

Unlike steel, which lasts for centuries, these caskets are biodegradable, as are the eco urns.

Paper mache is designed to return to the earth naturally, said Elias.

Environmentalists Kerry and Mura Jones used the earth-friendly good bye on two recent deceased loved ones.

We liked the no embalming, said Kerry Jones.

She looked beautiful, said Mura Jones. I've never seen an embalmed person look beautiful like that.

No question the method is great for the environment. But for those paying for it, it's great on the wallet, too.

Nicos Elias Funeral Homes in Allentown said a green funeral is about 30% cheaper than traditional ones. Eco urns run $100, much less than traditional urns. Typical caskets can be be $12,000. A biodegradable bamboo casket is under $2,000.

When I established my business I though this was a good niche, said Elias, the green movement because most funeral homes not promoting it.

Elias said green funerals account for 5% of his business, but he said movement is growing.

Websites like the Green Burial Council give step by step advice.

An eco-friendly cemetery in Monroe County uses biodegradable urns to become part of a living tree. It's placed in the drip line of the tree and, once it takes hold, you become one with nature.

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