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What are Green Cemetery Requirements?

Published: April 4, 2022

What are green cemetery requirements?

There are green and pioneer cemeteries which allow for burial in a shroud or biodegradable container, without being embalmed or needing an outer burial container, such as a vault.

For a cemetery that focuses on green disposition, there may be several restrictions to be buried there. Often, a green cemetery focuses on natural ways for the body to break down and return to the earth. If the body is being buried, most green cemeteries require that the body either has not been embalmed or been embalmed with formaldehyde-free products. The body should be buried in a shroud or biodegradable container. Biodegradable caskets could be made of wicker, wood, seagrass, wool, or cardboard.

These cemeteries can also have scattering areas and allow for urn burial. Often scattering areas include gardens or native plant focused landscaping where the cremated remains offer natural fertilizer for the plants. Biodegradable urns can be made of materials such as earth, sand, salt, wood, paper and cardboard.

Green cemeteries also allow cremated remains from alkaline hydrolysis to be scattered or buried in the cemetery.

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