Green Cremation? Colorado Might Have the Answer
Not to make light of the specter of death that hangs over us all, but if you want to find one silver lining in the subject, at least it's green. Unless of course, you go the route of cremation, which is definitely not great for the environment, what with all the fire.
That may not be an issue for too much longer, though. I've just stumbled across a procedure I've never heard of, but that may be the environmentally friendly solution to cremation you've been looking for. Well, maybe cremation isn't really something you're constantly on the lookout for, but the procedure is still fascinating.
It's called alkaline hydrolysis, though you may find it easier to refer to as 'water cremation'. Basically, in lieu of burning a corpse, scientists have discovered that you can actually use alkaline chemicals, heat, and pressure to speed up the natural process of breaking down human remains. Again, it's all gross to write down and talk about, but you have to admit: the fact that we can even do something like that is fantastic.
According to the Cremation Association of North America, or CANA, water cremation tends to be more environmentally friendly than traditional fire cremation. Obviously. In fact, CANA estimates that 32% more of the remains...remain, than with fire, and while I'm not sure if that's a positive, I did not actually know that much of the cremation was being lost. So, I learned something today.
Considering more than half of all Americans chose cremation over burial in 2021, it stands to reason that we'll be hearing more about water cremation in the years to come. If you're interested, you can check out the full story from FOX31 in Denver to find out more.