Water Cremation - $2285
Water cremation, also known as aquamation, uses liquid (95% water, 5% alkali solution), elevated heat, and water to break the chemical bonds that hold the body’s proteins together. This process directly replicates the effect of naturally occurring decomposition of traditional earthen burials.
At the end of this process, the body has been returned to its constituent elements - amino acids, peptides, sugars and salts - suspended in the water. Similar to flame-based cremation, there is no DNA to link back to the person and the only solid remains are the bones, which are then pulverized and returned to the family as remains.
Why Water Cremation?
Introduced to the public in 2011, Water Cremation is the most environmentally friendly method of cremation available. It offers a number of environmental advantages over traditional burial or flame-based cremation services.
Overall, the end-to-end process uses 90% less energy than traditional flame cremation.
Fewer harmful toxins are released into the atmosphere. Medical implants are removed after cremation (you can request to have these returned to you, or medically recycled), ensuring the Mercury they contain is never released into the air.
While flame cremation produces carbon dioxide equivalent to a 1,000 mile car ride, water cremation does not release any airborne toxins.
Water usage is low. The process only requires 300 gallons of water — the equivalent of just three days worth of water consumption for an average person.
Finally, increased safety standards. The lack of a flame is safer both for the operator and community.
This translates into decreased environmental and human impact. As a result, an increasing number of people are choosing water cremation as an alternative to burial and flame-based cremation services.
Flame Cremation - $1285
For people uncomfortable with Water Cremation, but still looking to reduce their environmental footprint in death, we offer our unique flame cremation service. This cremation service takes the traditional, flame-based cremation process and makes it as environmentally friendly as possible. We do this by reducing the environmental footprint before, during, and after the body is cremated. For starters, all of the administrative work to arrange for the cremation is completely paper free, reducing the amount of resources consumed by routine administrative work.
The cremation process begins with us taking care to transport the body as little distance as possible in order to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Once the body it is in our care, it is sent directly to energy efficient crematorium.
Next, we remove all medical and end-of-life plastics from the body as we prepare it for cremation. This keeps the chemicals they would have released during the burning process out of the atmosphere. In addition, we do not wrap bodies in plastic sheeting once; we wrap in a clean cotton sheet and place the body in a cardboard container.
The result is no plastics of any kind are incinerated during the cremation process.
Once the cremation process is complete, we store the remains in an environmentally friendly scattering tube or temporary cardboard vessel. You can choose to have the remains returned to you inside it, or we provide a large selection of biodegradable cremation urns you can purchase to use as a final resting place.