Want to deepen that shade of green? Green embalming fluids can be used. Instead of the traditional formaldehyde based fluids, green embalming fluids are comprised of all natural plant based extracts. This type of embalming, however, does not allow a prolonged time frame for a viewing and service before burial, but it is still a viable option.
The limitation on green burial in a traditional cemetery is that most of them in Northern Ohio require the use of an outer burial container or vault. These are usually constructed of metal or concrete and are required by the cemetery for easier maintenance of their grounds. If the cemetery permits, a metal vault without the base or a concrete container with portions of the bottom cut out may be an option.
Not green enough you say? Use a green cemetery. No formaldehyde based embalming or metal caskets are allowed. A person must be either not embalmed or embalming must be done using the green embalming fluids mentioned earlier. The casket or other container must be completely biodegradable, and no outer burial container or vault is permitted. That is as green as burial gets!
Cremation is also considered to be a green form of disposition, in that it uses less natural resources than a traditional burial. Using a biodegradable urn made of paper, natural salt or sand and gelatin (all made for burial or scattering) will take green cremation a step further. Again, not all cemeteries in Northern Ohio will bury these urns without an outer container of metal or concrete. Green cemeteries, on the other hand, require that only biodegradable urns be used and that no outer container or vault be permitted.