Even the Dead are Going Green!

Even the Dead are Going Green!

In this day and age, it seems everyone is concerned about humankind’s impact on the Earth and our “carbon footprint.” So we are inundated with new “green” options for just about everything. We drive hybrid cars, buy only organic foods, and recycle nearly everything. But now, one state is about to make it possible for even the dead to be green.

Colorado has just announced a bill that may legalize “green burials.”

So what are green burials exactly? Well, as CBS Denver explains, it is the process of taking your remains and turning them into, wait for it… soil.

“A bill being proposed by two Colorado lawmakers would legalize green burials – which turns human remains into soil that can be returned to family members. It is also referred to as Natural Organic Reduction. The process takes about a month and generates a cubic yard of material per person.”

The outlet continues, “’For most Coloradans, there are two main choices after death: burial or cremation. Representative Brianna Titone and Senator Robert Rodriguez are planning to bring a bill to the General Assembly that would give Coloradans another legal option: they can have their bodies turned into soil,’ officials stated.”

And as those officials further stated, “The Novel approach, known as ‘Natural Organic Reduction,’ involves placing bodies in individual vessels and gently decomposing them into a nutrient-dense soil that can be returned to families.”

Sounds interesting, to say the least, and a lot like the process of composting. Remains put into vessels where they can “gently decompose” would essentially be the same thing right?

That is not to say that I have a problem with the idea. It’s just interesting. After all, everyone has the right to be buried as they wish. So if you want yourself to be turned into soil rather than ashes for your family to spread or fertilize their garden with that’s fine.

It’s really no different than the process of cremation, in which the body is burned and turned into ashes that can be given back to the family.

Then again, “natural burials” are also similar. This is when the body is allowed to naturally decompose without the use of a coffin or embalming chemicals. The remains are merely wrapped in a biodegradable sheet and buried six feet under. In most circumstances, the body will be practically non-existent within a few years.

However, in comparison to “green burials,” we do have to wonder: how does one gently decompose anything? I thought “natural” would be key here. But as we just learned, natural decomposition usually takes a couple of years at the very least. So what are they actually doing to the body? What do they put in there with it?

In any case, it does seem to be a slightly better process than the traditional burial, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and as Rodney Dangerfield states takes up precious space on the planet. In one of his films, he explains that cemeteries are the biggest waste of real estate on Earth.

And while I don’t necessarily agree with him, I do know that having a place to go to “see” your dead is not for the dead themselves, but the living left behind, as are funerals in general. Think about it: how many thousands of acres are maintained and kept in pristine order? And how many more acres are added to their number each year? As Dangerfield suggests, we are going to run out of space at some point.

But once again, this is entirely up to the family of the deceased. Some families may want the dedicated space to remember you that a gravesite or monument offers. Others may be content to spread your ashes in the wind so you can travel freely.

The simple fact is that burial, no matter the option, is an immensely personal decision. And the rituals and traditions of your family may not be traded lightly. However, we have to admit this option seems to offer somewhat of a combination of the two more traditional choices.

Once you are turned into soil, you can be used to start a new life in plants in one specific place or many. And I suppose there would be some measure of comfort knowing that depending on the plant grown, you could be with your family for decades longer. That is just so long as they have somewhat of a green thumb. (Pun intended.)


65 thoughts on “Even the Dead are Going Green!

  1. The breath goes back to God, who gave it. The sinful vessel, goes to dust. God will give the saved, a new, incorruptible body.

  2. Planned Parenthood & DemoCommies can make women hold off abortion until the ninth month of pregnancy & abort the child & lay it aside to starve to death, then turn it into fertilizer & become millionaires by selling it at grocery stores & other stores.

  3. Many believe that once a person dies their soul passes out of the body and all that is left is the shell. What happens to the shell does not really matter so cremation has been around for centuries. Using that shell to make fertilizer just seems kind of creepy.

  4. I believe those Colorado politicians are on a ‘rocky Mountain’ high. Normal people would never even consider such asinine ideas.

    1. My thoughts exactly… Charleton Heston is laughing at this so hard, his gun fell out of his cold dead hand.
      The left has gone so far left it is hard to imagine they could go further, but alas, they have.
      Personally, I could care less what they do with my remains. I won’t be around to tell>>>

  5. It boggles the mind to see how many otherwise rational people somehow “feel” donating their tax money to glib politicians will magically change the world’s climate.

  6. I hear God’s reasonable voice. The breath of the departed, are with him. God who knows this, is speaking through people.

  7. How is it that they are making a body into fertilizer so quickly? Are they grinding it up? Putting stuff in with it so it won’t smell bad? What exactly are they proposing to do? Something fishy going on?

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