Eco Funerals Rising In Popularity

A growing number of people are having eco funerals, with the number of this kind of burial increasing from one in 14 funerals in 2016 to one in 11 this year.

The Telegraph cited data from SunLife, which also found that more funeral directors have access to woodland burial sites this year.

According to the figures, 77 per cent of funeral directors in the UK are able to offer a burial in a woodland plot this year, up from just 60 per cent in 2014, although the report notes that this is still lower than the 90 per cent recorded in 2015.

If you’re wondering what constitutes an eco funeral, it involves being buried rather than cremated, with your body wrapped in a biodegradable shroud or contained in a biodegradable coffin.

Rather than having a headstone, there is the option to plant a tree or have a wooden plaque to mark a grave site. The newspaper noted that the growth in popularity of this kind of funeral could be leading to a shortage of suitable sites around the UK.

An article published in The Ecologist recently looked at just how much more environmentally friendly eco funerals are than their more traditional counterparts, and concluded that burial is marginally better for the environment than cremation.

It did acknowledge, however, that great steps have been taken by crematoriums to minimise their environmental impact through the use of sophisticated filters and by monitoring emissions.

Funeral director Stephen Nimmo explained that often green funerals cost more “because they are not the norm”, but stressed that there are ways to reduce the cost if the family is open to discussing options with their funeral director.

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