Sandy Sullivan, Resomation Ltd Managing Director, with Engineering Director Craig Sinclair with one of their resomators
Susanne Wiigh-Masak started Promessa Organic AB to offer an ecological alternative to traditional forms of burial (Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist)
New, green alternatives to cremation and burial are on the way (Photo: Noel McKeegan)
How would you like your body to be disposed of when you shuffle off this mortal coil? Burial or cremation have long been the only legal options in many parts of the Western world, however neither is particularly environmentally friendly. But greener alternatives that let you make a final environmental statement are on the rise. Two examples are ecological burial (or corpse composting) which uses a form of cryogenics and freeze drying, and resomation, which uses alkaline hydrolysis to break down the body. The end result of both processes is a fine powder, similar to cremation, and each claims to lessen the impact on the environment. However, they may make some traditionalists turn in their graves...
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