We need to change how we bury the dead

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  • Published: 24 August 2017
  • The way we traditionally bury the dead is horrible for the environment.

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    The modern way of burying a body, the "casket in the ground method" most of us are used to is horrible for the environment. It uses an incredible amount of resources, emits toxic pollutants into the air, and pumps the ground full of formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer. It's also prohibitively expensive. The average cost of a modern funeral costs between $10,000 to $12,000.

    There are a number of greener options available though. Cremation uses less resources and requires less space than a traditional burial, but isn't perfect. There are more experimental methods on the horizon such as promession and alkaline hydrolysis.

    No matter which method we choose, it's clear that we need to reform how we bury the dead.

    Also be sure to read Mark Harris's excellent book about green burials gravematters.us

Comments • 17 234

  • ranjeet singh
    ranjeet singh  14 minutes back

    For your kind information
    Indian spend more on funeral in comparison to western country

    • FREDDIE REAGAN
      FREDDIE REAGAN  2 days back

      Coffin or casket is better

      • GameCute GT
        GameCute GT  2 days back

        You dont need to put corpses in wooden coffens. Just bury them in the hole without it. Easy. Also i never though people were burried in the coffins thats new to me i though they just thro the body inside ideka

        • Maple Syrup
          Maple Syrup  2 days back

          in Islam we burry the body coverd in a green sheet and covered in dirt

          • Eva-Maria Hanchar
            Eva-Maria Hanchar  2 days back

            I have heard that since modern humans have been eating so many. Foods with preservatives bodies do not degrade as fast like they use to before us eating these foods. Did you find anything on this topic?

            • Zarinnesa ayuningtyas
              Zarinnesa ayuningtyas  4 days back

              maybe ill donate my body to med school

              • Jesuslover
                Jesuslover  4 days back

                Bible, Romans 6:23 (King James Version): For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

                • Vincent Gray
                  Vincent Gray  6 days back

                  Nihilism at its best..

                  • godz murk
                    godz murk  7 days back

                    A Quote for the Walking Dead LOL

                    • Dr. Riq
                      Dr. Riq  1 weeks back

                      Islam has the perfect solution, duh. Wrap it in cotton, then bury. Tadaa

                      • Sabah Abdulameer
                        Sabah Abdulameer  1 weeks back

                        In Iraq we have a lot of oil , guess why ?

                        • Jens and JR Vlog
                          Jens and JR Vlog  1 weeks back

                          Only the Islamic way of burying the dead is best because the dead person isn't embalmed. So the dead person will not be suffering. 😐

                          • Stefan Leca
                            Stefan Leca  1 weeks back

                            Simple, turn it into soylent green :)

                            • Kartal Yıldırım
                              Kartal Yıldırım  1 weeks back

                              The idea of a graveyard the size of Las Vegas intrigues me

                              • Online Classy
                                Online Classy  1 weeks back

                                We need to stop burying people because when the dead rise then there will be less of a threat

                                • KsHitij Khurrana
                                  KsHitij Khurrana  1 weeks back

                                  Let the ocean help...

                                  • F0TG2
                                    F0TG2  1 weeks back

                                    *Remember when Spongebob and Patrick thought they killed Squidward...*

                                    • dirty ox
                                      dirty ox  1 weeks back

                                      How about taking the body and bury him in the dirt just like normal people

                                      • :Amadeus :Țurcanu-Moisl.

                                        [ if it was not a rhetorical question the answer as always is: Jesus Christ! (Resurrection)]

                                        • William Panteleris
                                          William Panteleris  1 weeks back

                                          0:17 That awkward silence though

                                          • Kszysztof Maziarz
                                            Kszysztof Maziarz  2 weeks back

                                            Eat the bodies...

                                            • Batuhan Eryigit
                                              Batuhan Eryigit  2 weeks back

                                              Atleast buy a grave stone for your loved ones, jesus christ

                                              • Wimm Al'asad
                                                Wimm Al'asad  2 weeks back

                                                just do the muslim way of burials. just bury the body back to the earth with no coffins or boxes and preach prayers then ur done.

                                                • Nono Zapennn
                                                  Nono Zapennn  2 weeks back

                                                  Why on earth do people care about the persons body after death? The body is just the vessel, the person is gone.

                                                  • tommy fasthorse
                                                    tommy fasthorse  2 weeks back

                                                    I want to be creamated and my ashes packed into 7.62×39 fullmetal jacket rounds

                                                    • wreck er
                                                      wreck er  2 weeks back

                                                      JUST LEAVE IT ,...
                                                      lying around anywhere you want it to 😌

                                                      • Jen Diaries
                                                        Jen Diaries  2 weeks back

                                                        The only permanent in this world is Death and taxes.

                                                        • RedShadow
                                                          RedShadow  2 weeks back

                                                          Now hear me out.... you ever watched Judge dread and they had a The Meat wagon? Soylent Green? we can reduce the carbon footprint and feed people. Also, make organ donation mandatory. people are dying and you are not going to need those organs anymore.

                                                          • Rose Graver
                                                            Rose Graver  2 weeks back

                                                            *respawn*

                                                            • Mahawah Fam
                                                              Mahawah Fam  2 weeks back

                                                              Wait the man name is Mark Harris my name is Mahawah Blessing Harris

                                                              • Joly Dee
                                                                Joly Dee  2 weeks back

                                                                Fear God & he will take care of you God allowed Methuselah who leave on earth for 969 yrs
                                                                In God nothing is impossible 🙌

                                                                • Nick Martins
                                                                  Nick Martins  2 weeks back

                                                                  Don’t tell me how to bury my loved ones

                                                                  • Ilovesesshomaru sama
                                                                    Ilovesesshomaru sama  2 weeks back

                                                                    I’d rather an old school Egyptian mummification

                                                                    • People's Stories
                                                                      People's Stories  2 weeks back

                                                                      ZOROSTRIANS BURIAL OF DAKHMA I.E. leaving dead body as food for vultures is better also

                                                                      • People's Stories
                                                                        People's Stories  2 weeks back

                                                                        hindu burial i.e. burning is best way and ecofreindly

                                                                        • Max4Million
                                                                          Max4Million  2 weeks back

                                                                          YouTube must know ima kms soon so they’re trying to at least save the environment

                                                                        • Si Mohamed Rayene Slimani

                                                                          You guys can check out the arab way..
                                                                          They bury their dead the natural way+ you can bury another in the same place after at least 5years ( when its completely dissolved)

                                                                          • Adam Adam
                                                                            Adam Adam  2 weeks back

                                                                            Is that last one ? And the most better one ? How Muslims and Jewish people bury their people ?
                                                                            And after 100 years that land once again can be used to busy another person .

                                                                            • rip van winkle
                                                                              rip van winkle  2 weeks back

                                                                              omae oa mou SHINDEIRU: *AM I A JOKE TO YOU??*

                                                                              • Mutated Sperm
                                                                                Mutated Sperm  2 weeks back

                                                                                Just bury them in the ground without using a casket and all those chemicals

                                                                                *SIMPLE*

                                                                                • Jon Bilgutay
                                                                                  Jon Bilgutay  2 weeks back

                                                                                  I want a natural funeral. Just put me in the ground right away, or dump me in the ocean. Either way I want my body to go back into the food chain ASAP.

                                                                                  • Bobby’s World
                                                                                    Bobby’s World  2 weeks back

                                                                                    “NO TRESPASSING! We’re running out of the space to hide the bodies!”

                                                                                    • Bobby’s World
                                                                                      Bobby’s World  2 weeks back

                                                                                      “Let the dead bury the dead.”

                                                                                      • Joshua VB
                                                                                        Joshua VB  2 weeks back

                                                                                        no

                                                                                        • ZAHID ALI ZAFAR
                                                                                          ZAHID ALI ZAFAR  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Seems natural burial is the option. Also known by all Abrahmic religions.

                                                                                          • Турат Нурбеков

                                                                                            In muslim we dont use coffins. The body is wrapped with white material and buried. As time goes, the body dissolves and serves as a source of minerals for earth. So simple. Westerners make a problem even from such a simple thing

                                                                                            • aidsinmycar
                                                                                              aidsinmycar  2 weeks back

                                                                                              I wanna become a skeleton so my children grand children and so on will use me as a Halloween decoration

                                                                                              • asspartacus
                                                                                                asspartacus  2 weeks back

                                                                                                I want no tomb. Have my body cremated and spread them in the sea. I’ll be FREE whatsoever.