New ways to bury people – level 3

05-10-2021 07:00

Water cremation and human composting are new alternatives to traditional burials. Both alternatives reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cremation, and they don´t take up land.

Seth Vidal from Natural Funeral explains how water cremation works. The company takes a dead person and add waters and an alkali process. When the process is done, the so-called essence is left. The essence has every ingredient for a natural organic fertilizer.

Water cremation is a more environmentally friendly option to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cremation and to take up land during a burial. The method is legal in three US states, and it allows natural organic processes to happen, which is basically human compost.

In human composting, a body is placed inside a container, laid on top of straw, and some ingredients are added that help make the composting. The body composts as it would naturally do inside of the earth, and all the parts that are left in the body go back to nature, and they help create new life.

Difficult words: cremation (burning a dead person´s body), alkali (a substance that has the opposite effect or chemical behavior to an acid), essence (the most simple or original part of something).

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