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Posted Mon Nov 7 2011: from Bloomberg Businessweek:
The Greening of Death
...Cemeteries and funeral homes across the country have been offering eco-friendly death care, from biodegradable caskets to formaldehyde-free body preparation, for much of the past decade. But in recent years the green burial business has gotten bigger -- there are close to 300 funeral homes in 40 states offering green services in 2011, as opposed to roughly a dozen in 2008 -- and noticeably more eccentric. Just a few years ago a green funeral might have meant a pine or wicker coffin made without toxic materials. Today it could mean burying the dearly departed in an acorn-shaped urn made of recycled paper, erecting a tombstone with a solar-powered Serenity Panel that plays the deceased's favorite songs and videos, or casting out to sea a "reef ball" made of cement mixed with cremated ashes -- your loved one's and others'.
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