People’s Memorial holds educational events throughout the year. ), and many of those families cite concerns over the environmental impact of a .. Read more traditional burial. It takes a lot of materials to build a casket, a lot of chemicals to embalm a person, and a lot of industrial tools to maintain a perfectly manicured, sprawling cemetery lawn. But what about the environmental impact of a cremation?. We now know that this energy-intensive process releases 219 known emissions, including carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, and carcinogenic toxins. Our affinity for cremation here in Washington has led to 1,400 pounds of mercury vaporized in the last five years alone, to say nothing of the natural gas we’ve gobbled up!. Join PMA’s Beverly Tryk as we kick off Green Funerals Week by considering the environmental impact of our funeral choices and taking a critical eye to what we thought we knew about cremation.
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