Die thoughtfully, please

If you’re gonna die (and something tells me you will), could you do the world a favor and not pollute the earth with a honkin’ coffin? Really, dead people are already cluttering up the land, but the big ‘ole boxes just make things worse. Eco burials are where it’s at. Find yourself an eternal resting place in a green cemetery (i.e., a meadow) and be done with it. Of course, you’ll have to wait till they spring up on the East Coast as they’re primarily in California right now, so take care of your health until then.

If you must go out in style, at least consider a biodegradable option like the Ecopod, a stylin’ container made of paper. And if you’re really environmentally conscious and have decided to be cremated, check out this nifty little vessel called the Acorn Urn. I mean, if you gotta go, at least go out in a nice felt-like acorn.

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5 thoughts on “Die thoughtfully, please

  1. Have you ever seen “The Big Lebowski”? Having my ashes stuffed in a coffee can and then accidentally blown all over Jeff Bridges sounds like an OK way to go, to me. Unless, of course, Jeff goes before I do.

    Ahem. Anyway. You have a good point there.

  2. Yes, this topic of eco cemetaries came up several years ago in an episode of Six Feet Under. The brother, who was an undertaker, chose to not be buried in the conventional manner of his family business. I had not previously heard of an eco cemetary, but once I saw it acted out, it made perfect sense to me. It was strange however, they carried the body in a white bag, and buried it themselves. No plot markers anywhere, just a beautiful, natural open meadow.

  3. I was also going to comment on the Six Feet Under reference. It always struck me as odd that they could just bury a body willy nilly wherever they wanted.

    I think wakes and funerals just prolong the grieving process. We need to return to the days before embalming and big, fancy coffins. What a waste! After the viewing, you’re putting thousands of dollars in the ground and covering it with dirt! Something tells me your loved one won’t care if they are wrapped in cloth or in $7000 coffin.

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