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.

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.

Ashes to Acorns, Dust to Fertilizer

The Eco-Friendly Way of Death
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.

Acorn
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

Furniture
Furniture

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

Liquid
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

Coral Reef
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

Fertilizer
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

Family Tree
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

Joke
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

Not-So-Green
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)?