Why Are More Families Choosing Green Burials?

Funeral Home San Mateo

A green burial is an environmentally friendly burial service that conserves the earth’s natural resources by eliminating the need for harmful embalming chemicals and non-biodegradable caskets. Keep reading to find out why so many families are now choosing green burials over traditional burial services.

Less Environmental Impact
Because green burials do not require the use of embalming chemicals and utilize biodegradable caskets, a green burial reduces environmental impact, conserves natural resources, and does not contribute to pollution. Traditional burial services use harsh chemicals during the embalming process, which pollute the earth and water during decomposition. Traditional burial services also utilize non-biodegradable caskets, which may also contain harmful materials that can pollute the earth.

Lower Cost for Burial Service or Funeral Service
Much like with traditional funeral and burial services, certain customizable elements of green burial services may cost more or less than traditional burial services or cremation services. On average, however, green burials are much less expensive. You don’t have to incur the cost of an expensive, traditional casket, and can instead choose a much less expensive biodegradable casket; cardboard caskets are available at some funeral homes for only $50. You also won’t need to pay for embalming, a grave marker, a burial vault, or traditional cemetery fees.

More Natural Than Other Options
Many families choose green burials because they feel the process is much more natural than traditional burial or cremation. The body isn’t artificially preserved with chemicals to prevent it from decomposing naturally. Instead, the body and biodegradable casket naturally become a part of the earth, contributing to the environment rather than polluting it.

To talk to someone at a funeral home about green burials near San Mateo, contact us at Skylawn Memorial Park. Our compassionate, knowledgeable staff has experience arranging green burials and pre-planning funerals that meet the religious and cultural needs of our diverse community. Whether you’re interested in information about green burials, traditional burial and funeral services, or cremation, you can speak directly with someone at our funeral home by calling us today at (650) 349-4411.

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