Caring for the dead without the use of toxins and materials that are not biodegradable -- has been receiving much attention lately, though it’s hardly a new phenomenon. Returning to the earth in little more than a shroud is what most of humanity has done for thousands of years until the advent of the modern "deathcare" industry. In a typical green cemetery, burial density is normally one-tenth of that of conventional cemetery. And because embalming, metal caskets, vaults and conventional markers are prohibited, green burial can also offer cost savings. Unfortunately, it also has much potential as a marketing ploy.
Click below for a listing of known green cemeteries and conventional cemeteries in the U.S. and Canada that permit green burial, courtesy of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education, and Advocacy. Special thanks to Lee Webster.