Ashes to Acorns, Dust to Fertilizer

  1. The Eco-Friendly Way of Death
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    The Eco-Friendly Way of Death

    Eco-friendly services, while a small part of the $12 billion funeral industry, are ready for their moment in the sun. Thanks to these Earth-friendly disposal methods, a human body can be transformed into a variety of things.

  2. Acorn
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    Acorn

    Constructed from recycled paper—crushed tissue (for the stalk) and mulberry pulp (for the base)— the ARKA Acorn is a fully biodegradable urn. All-cotton ash bags with a “textured finish” are available for the ­interior at an additional cost. www.ecopod.co.uk

  3. Furniture
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    Furniture

    Fashioned from “sustainably harvested blue-stained pine,” this spare piece of home decor doubles as a casket. Lid emblems optional. www.naturescasket.com

  4. Liquid
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    Liquid

    Human remains are liquefied with potassium hydroxide and high heat, then released to a water treatment facility. Bone residue is saved for the urn. www.resomation.com

  5. Coral Reef
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    Coral Reef

    To construct memorial “reef balls,” artificial coral habitats placed on the ocean floor, cremated remains are added to a patented, ecologically friendly cement mixture. Since 1998, over 1,500 people have been laid to rest off the southeastern coast of the U.S. www.eternalreefs.com

  6. Fertilizer
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    Fertilizer

    Cryogenically frozen using liquid nitrogen, the body is broken down into dust and buried in a biodegradable casket. The remains turn into loam—a farming friendly soil. www.promessa.se

  7. Family Tree
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    Family Tree

    Up to 15 family members (and pets, at no extra cost) can be buried in biodegradable urns at the drip line of a real “family tree” in one of several forests in five Eastern states. The remains eventually seep into the tree’s roots. www.ecoeternity.com

  8. Joke
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    Joke

    Design your own coffin or choose a scheme from this U.K.-based company’s panoply of themes, which includes sports, music, and video games. The structure is 60 percent recycled paper combined with wood pulp. www.creativecoffins.com

  9. Not-So-Green
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    Not-So-Green

    So green isn't your idea of postmortem stardom? How about a space burial ($995 to $12,500) or mummification ($67,000)?