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Bio Degradable Death

The way Western culture is set up right now, we often keep polluting the earth even after we die.

If we are embalmed and buried in a conventional casket, we are part of the 827,000 gallons of embalming fluid and 90,000 tons of steel going into graveyards every year in the United States. Cremation? It still puts toxins and carbon emissions into the air.

Of course it is a sensitive subject, but if we can give it some thought and attention, we'll find a growing number of alternatives available right now.

"I want to be worm food" says Cynthia Beal, of the Natural Burial Company. "I want to turn into compost... taking my body back into the earth that I came from."

She shows us the Ecopod, a fancy modern biodegradable casket, made of recycled paper.

Remember, long before there was such a thing as "Eco- Friendly", death was naturally just that.

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by Green Space