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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ind. Law - "State joins 'green burial' movement"

The long story by Bob Scott of the Lafayette Journal and Courier, in the Indianapolis Star today, is sub-headed "Sites in Lafayette and Indianapolis are part of a growing national trend." Some quotes:

Green burials, which are eco-friendly, have been called a movement, not a fad. Advocates say they protect the environment and ecology by reducing the use of toxic chemicals, non-biodegradable materials and fossil fuels.

In addition, the cost of green burials can be lower because unostentatious caskets are used -- sometimes no casket at all -- and there is no burial vault. The body truly goes back to the earth in a natural setting. * * *

A green burial utilizes a biodegradable casket that is held together without nails, screws or hinges. Animal glue is acceptable, but not synthetic adhesives. Cloth bags or woven baskets also are used, depending on the material.

There are no concrete grave vaults or liners, and crematory urns of cornstarch or mulberry bark are preferred over metal or stone. * * *

[Rich Groeber of Hahn-Groeber Funeral & Cremation Services in Lafayette] added that there is no law that requires a family to purchase a vault or outside container for a burial.

"The cemetery sets its own standards because of maintenance," he said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 29, 2012 10:22 AM
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