Today, every generation is seemingly a bit greener than the last. Modern-day individuals are concerned with how their actions impact the environment throughout their lives — and sometimes their concerns extend to the time after life has passed on. Cremation rates in the U.S. are expected to rise to 78.7%, yet cremated remains pose a high risk to the environment. Many people want to give their loved ones a greener way to go — as a helpful resource, Let Your Love Grow compiled our top three options for a green burial.
Scattering ashes is a popular way to memorialize a loved one. Many families choose to scatter their loved one’s ashes across a special place such as their favorite hiking spot or on their private property. However, this is not exactly a green burial method — ashes will often coat plant life and harm their growth in the future. Those who hope to spread their loved ones’ ashes without harm should take preventative measures prior to scattering. We recommend letting the cremated remains sit with our LYLG blended soil for a period of time so they may reach neutral pH and sodium levels. As long as you follow the instructions, our soil mixture ensures that your chosen location stays just as beautiful as you found it.
Burying ashes is another alternative many seek out as a green burial. Biodegradable urns are exceedingly popular — however, what their sellers don’t tell you is that being biodegradable doesn’t mean it is safe for plant life. These urns naturally break down over time and leave behind a clump of cremated ashes, which then releases sodium into the soil. Unfortunately, a very limited variety of plants are tolerant of the toxic level of sodium found in ashes. Our blended soil kits provide an opportunity to neutralize the harmful elements within the cremated remains. This allows you to bury without the worry of harming the environment.
Planting Memorial Plants
Memorial plants may be the most unique method of memorializing your loved one. Families may use the LYLG blended soil to neutralize the ashes, providing a starting point for new life to grow. This green burial method gives you the opportunity to choose a plant that suits your skill level and take your loved one back to nature. A tree, garden plant or house plant are all perfect ways to show that life continues after death. For example, some family members may choose to plant a butterfly bush as a beautiful tribute to their loved one that continually attracts more life.
Choose a Greener Way to Go
Finding the proper way to honor your loved one may be a challenge — with so many options, it may feel overwhelming to decide on one. However, it is admirable to honor by choosing a green burial method so their memory sustains life in the long-term. Give your loved one a greener way to go — visit our purchase page to explore our blended soil options.