Nowadays, many people are trying to figure out how to be more eco-friendly in their day to day lives. At Bequest, we believe that sustainability should play a role in both life and in death. If you’re wondering how you can even be sustainable in death, consider giving back to the earth when you die. 🌍
Eco funerals and woodland burials are far more sustainable than the conventional practices, and now, there are a few other “alternative” burial methods emerging onto the scene. They tout themselves as being a way to give back to the earth, and each one does it in a slightly different way. Let’s take a look! 🎉
This sounds like an epic piece of clothing to get buried in — and the concept behind it is really quite interesting. It’s a biodegradable suit with a built in biomix of mushrooms and other microorganisms. The biomix helps the decomposition process, neutralises toxins found in the body, and transfers the nutrients to other plants.
We are brought into this world via natural means, and at the end of our lives we will return to the world the same way. The term recomposition is a way to make the whole decomposing aspect seem a bit nicer. This alternative burial method aims to connect the end of life with the natural world. Your body gets turned into soil using a process known as natural organic reduction. Seeing as soil is the foundation of a healthy ecosystem, your soil is then able to provide nutrients to, and sustain new life. It’s a fairly poetic ending to your life’s journey! 🌱
Not only do the reefs need saving, but how cool would it be to become part of the coral reef system when you die? You could provide habitats for so many marine species! This alternative burial method does require cremation first, as it incorporates the ashes into an environmentally safe cement mixture used for artificial reef formations. Consider it a combination of ash scattering and burial at sea.
Instead of chopping down a tree to make a traditional coffin, ⚰️ an Italian company has been working on eco burial pods to enable people to turn into trees after they die. While you technically don’t become a tree, a sapling is planted on top of your burial pod so that as your body decomposes, it provides nutrients to the tree. This is a great way to give back to the earth and your family by providing habitats for animals, shade, as well as oxygen for generations to come! You’re even able to choose which type of tree you’d like to “mark your grave”, which will then serve as a memorial to you.
If these alternative burial methods don’t sound up your alley, but you’d still like to give back to the earth when you die, consider environmental charities. While you can name them as a beneficiary to your life insurance policy, it’s actually a better idea to leave them a charitable donation in your will. There are so many different environmental charities out there, so you can choose the one that resonates with you. 💛
Death doesn’t have to be a resource-intensive process! As more and more eco-friendly alternatives become available, you can choose which sustainable burial method suits you best. Many people don’t even know there are options other than a traditional funeral or cremation, which is why it’s important to write down your wishes in your will. Don’t have one yet? Sign up with Bequest and write your will online today! 🥳