Cremation is now the preferred end-of-life option for many individuals across North America for a variety of reasons. One big reason is that cremation has less of an environmental impact than traditional burial, making it a popular choice with those seeking to reduce their ecological footprint.
While a standard cremation service, which eliminates the need for embalming, caskets, land for a burial plot, or headstones, is considered a green alternative to burial, the practice still has a minimal impact on the environment. The energy required for cremation as well as a facility’s emissions has led to researchers exploring new technologies like alkaline hydrolysis, a new cremation method that returns the body to a liquid state. The technology is still new, however, and in the meantime, individuals who must consider end-of-life services rely on the current heat-based process of cremation.