Okay, this one might be a bit creepy.
You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what you want people to do with your body after you die. You figure there are just two options anyway – burial or cremation – so how hard can it be? Problem is, neither are very environmentally friendly. Burial takes up a huge amount of space and dumps hundreds of thousands of gallons of formaldehyde into the ground. Cremation uses enormous amounts of energy to keep the furnace at 800-1000 degrees Celsius. Cremating your average body releases about 200 kg of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
And then there’s all those caskets – tons of copper, bronze and steel, as well as 30 million board feet of hardwood each year in the USA alone.
Or you could be buried…. ecologically.
A.K.A. corpse composting.
The process was developed by Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, a Swedish biologist, who was looking for a green-yet-dignified way to rest in peace. Here’s how it works:
If you’re really hard-core then you can compost the powder, turning it into soil in 6-12 months.