These tips for a zero waste burial, can help you avoid choosing caskets made with endangered wood or toxic embalming fluid, which leaks into the ground for decades after burial (woodland burial sites won’t allow them to be used).
- The Natural Death Centre is the best site for good info on everything from finding eco-coffins and burial sites, to knowing the law on natural funerals. It also has a handbook (in most libraries) and a magazine.
- The Green Burial Guidebook is by the US ‘green reaper’ and gives a good overview of the green funeral industry. Also read Grave Matters, which follows environmental journalist Mark across 12 funerals including home and sea burials, and a simple shroud.
- Paw Pods (US) were created by a man appalled, when the remains of his beloved dog turned up in a plastic bag. For all species and sizes, these biodegrade into the earth, along with the soul of your friend.
- The Bereavement Register stops people sending notices to dead relatives, which can be very upsetting.
- Donate wedding dresses to Cherished Gowns. Volunteer seamstresses unpick them, and turn them into free burial gowns, for angel babies.
- Tree 2 My Door offers memorial trees for people and pets. Or plant trees on public land via Trees for Life.