How to Make Your Dirt Nap Earth-Friendly

People are dying to have green funerals

By Owen Thomas
|  Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009  |  Updated 2:00 PM PDT
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How to Make Your Dirt Nap Earth-Friendly

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Six feet under can be the ultimate ecotrip.

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It's not enough to make sure your plastic bags are biodegradable. Now, you'd better make sure your body is, too.

Dying to hear why green is the new black? A crowd of people are expected to gather Saturday at Berkeley's Grace North Church for the Green Funeral Fair.

Think about it: Doesn't cremation cause carbon emissions? And is that pine box made from sensitively harvested wood?

The truth is we start pummeling the planet from birth -- 3.1 million pounds of CO2 over the average lifetime, Mother Jones estimates -- and our impact doesn't stop after death.

"Now we're disconnected from the land, we're busy living in cities and we think we are going to live forever in a culture that worships youth and doesn't easily see the beauty of older people," fair organizer Liz O'Connell-Gates told the Berkeley Voice.

It's not clear how the beauty of older people will shine through six feet under. But this much is true: When we're buried in the ground, we'll be more connected to the planet.

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