Fire vs Water

Environmental Effects

CO², greenhouse gases, carcinogenic toxins, dioxins, and furans are among the 219 known emissions released during each fire cremation process.  As part of every standard fire cremation, 6000 cubic feet of natural gas is consumed.

On average, 3 grams of mercury is present in a human body.  The most notable source is from dental amalgams but also from bio-accumulation such as the trace amounts used as preservatives in most pharmaceuticals.

During a fire cremation, the incineration process vaporizes the mercury and sends it into the atmosphere along with other pollutants.  The benefit of water cremation is that it is a non-combustive process meaning that the mercury is not vaporized. Following the process, all medical metals are retrievable and recyclable.

Fire cremation’s annual toxic impact on the United States: 7,761,600,000 cubic feet of natural gas consumed and 8500 lbs. of mercury vaporized. These figures continue to grow every year.

Over the past 10 years, 23 states have authorized water cremation as an approved method for funerary practitioners. These states include Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.

There are anti-crematory activist groups in more than half of the U.S. states who are successfully opposing fire by combatting the installation of new flame-based crematories.


Ashes: Fire vs Water

When people refer to ashes, what they are actually referring to are the processed bone fragments remaining after either a fire or a water based cremation process.  Whether one is cremated by fire or by water, ashes are still returned to the family.

Ashes generated from fire cremations are toxic and not bio-degradable.  This is a result of the incineration process itself. As such, scattering of these ashes is often restricted or prohibited as their affect on the soil is detrimental and harsh on the surrounding ecology.

Ashes from water cremation are non-toxic, bio-degradable, and beneficial to any environment into which they are incorporated.  This allows for a new “no boundaries” approach to scattering choices for families.

Families typically receive 20% more ‘ashes’ with a water cremation than with an incineration based process.

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