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Environmental Costs of Standard Burial and Cremation

Each year, in 22,500 cemeteries in the US, we bury:*

Each body that is cremated:

  • Uses fossil fuel to reach and maintain 1900°F for 2+ hours, equivalent to driving a car 4,800 miles
  • Emits mercury and other elements into air and water
  • Produces 250 lbs. of CO2
  • Follow this link for more details on green or natural burials.

    * Mary Woodsen, researcher: Green Burial Council, 2013

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