Green Burials

A Green Burial, or a Traditional Natural Burial, is a burial without chemicals, hardwood caskets, vaults and liners. Graves are shallow to allow organisms to help with decomposition.  The land is not treated with herbicides and pesticides to keep it looking green.  It is kept in its natural state where native flora can flourish, or it can be planted with wildlflowers or trees and can become places of reforestation.

Please visit the Green Burial Council’s website for information about green burials and a guide to natural and conservation burial grounds across the country.


The industry that has been created around death in the U. S. is causing great harm to the earth. 

Each year, 22,500 cemeteries across the United States bury approximately:

30 million board feet (70,000 m³) of hardwoods (caskets)

90,272 tons of steel (caskets)

14,000 tons of steel (vaults)

2,700 tons of copper and bronze (caskets)

1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete (vaults)

827,060 US gallons (3,130 m³) of embalming fluid


Cremation has been portrayed as a more economical and green choice than burial.  This may be compared to a $10,000 burial but in reality it is also very consumptive. One adult body needs enough fossil fuel to reach and maintain a temperature pf 1900 degrees for 2+ hours. This is equal to the amount of fuel used to drive 4800 miles.  This also releases 250 lbs of carbon dioxide and other toxins into the atmosphere. 

The Crestone End of Life Project is a group that promotes informed end of life choices in Crestone Colorado. it operates one of the only legal, open-air cremation sites in the state of Colorado.

A Green Burial allows us to give back to the natural world.  To leave this life time with as little negative impact as possible. It is our last opportunity to provide a much needed positive impact by planting trees or native plants, by being respectful to the natural world.

  Natural burial grounds can create places of reforestation and nurture healthy ecosystems.