Many people now choose cremation as a more sustainable option than burial (the cremation movement became popular under the slogan ‘Save the land for the living’), but the process carries significant environmental implications, the most significant of which is emissions to air. A typical cremation is fuelled by natural gas and the body (and the coffin – again, often made from finite resources) must burn for around two to three hours to be turned into ashes. This requires more than 20 litres of fuel and, on average, results in 160 kilogrammes of CO2 emissions.
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