How to Arrange an Eco Burial: Steps for a Greener Send-Off

An eco burial represents a compassionate approach to funeral services, combining respect for the deceased with a commitment to environmental sustainability. By choosing a green burial, families can honour their loved ones while making a positive impact on the natural world. 

This guide outlines practical steps to arrange an eco friendly send-off, ensuring a meaningful and environmentally respectful farewell.


Eco Burials: A Path to Sustainability

Eco burials, also known as green burials or natural burials, offer an alternative to traditional burial methods by minimising environmental impact. These burials do not use chemical embalming fluids, metal caskets, or concrete vaults. Instead, biodegradable materials and natural processes are employed to ensure the body returns to the earth in an environmentally friendly manner.


Key Benefits of Eco Burials:

  • Reduction of Carbon Footprint: Natural burials eliminate the use of non biodegradable materials and harmful chemicals.
  • Conservation of Natural Habitats: Many green burial sites preserve and restore native ecosystems, supporting biodiversity.


Step-by-Step Guide to Arranging a Green Burial

1. Choosing a Location

Select a certified green burial site. In Australia, places like the Bushland Cemetery in Goonellabah are pioneers, offering serene landscapes that ensure a minimal ecological impact. These sites often feature native flora and fauna, enhancing the burial’s natural beauty.

2. Selecting Biodegradable Burial Products

Opt for eco friendly coffins or shrouds made from materials like bamboo, willow, or cardboard. These products are designed to decompose naturally and safely, merging with the earth without leaving harmful residues.

3. Planning the Ceremony

Focus on simplicity and personal touches. Consider incorporating native flowers, organic materials, or even personal artefacts that are biodegradable. The ceremony can reflect the individual’s values, especially their love for nature, creating a profound and personal experience.

4. Legal Considerations

Ensure compliance with local regulations concerning natural burials. Some regions have specific guidelines regarding burial depths, materials, and site management. It’s crucial to work with a funeral provider that understands these regulations and can ensure all processes are handled legally and respectfully.

Environmental Impact and Cost Considerations

Green burials are not only eco friendly but can also be more cost effective than traditional burials. The use of simple, natural materials often results in lower costs, and by eliminating the need for embalming and metal caskets, families can significantly reduce funeral expenses.

Research indicates that eco burials can reduce the carbon footprint of burial by up to 50% compared to conventional methods.


Honouring Life with Environmental Integrity

Arranging an eco burial is a powerful way to honour a loved one’s memory and their commitment to the environment. It’s a thoughtful, respectful choice that aligns with the values of sustainability and conservation. 

At Sacred Earth Funerals, we are committed to guiding you through every step of arranging a green burial, ensuring it reflects your loved one’s values and your family’s wishes for a sustainable farewell.

To learn more about arranging an eco burial or to start planning a green send-off, visit Sacred Earth Funerals. Together, we can honour your loved one and protect the planet for future generations.