Environmentally adapted form of burial
“Our ecological burial reduces environmental impact on some of our most important resources; our water, air and soil,” says Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, biologist and head of Promessa Organic AB.
“At the same time it provides us with deeper insights regarding the ecological cycle, and greater understanding of and respect for life on earth.”
The main principle of this ecological form of burial is that the corpse is transformed into an organic, odorless, hygienic powder. This, in combination with a dedicated method to separate contaminants such as mercury, sharply reduces impact on the environment in comparison with today’s forms of burial.
The use of cryogenic technology in the process reduces impact on the air we breath, since there are no emissions of smoke or mercury to the air. Mercury emissions in particular are a serious problem for which no acceptable solution has been found despite extensive technical development. Even the greenhouse effect, which has increased in pace with man’s use of fossil fuels, is reduced by using liquid nitrogen instead of combustibles. Extensive use of embalming fluid is entirely eliminated with an ecological burial.
The burial itself takes place in a shallow grave, in the upper mulch-forming layers of the soil. Here we find life-giving oxygen and the busy little break-down specialists, the microorganisms, that are the basis for our existence at the same time as they are a prerequisite to the process of decomposition.
The coffin and its contents are transformed into mulch in about half a year, thus becoming an important contribution to the living earth. In this way, ecological burial does not add to eutrophication of the seas via ground water or run-off, and vital drinking water is spared. Since the remains do not cause any impact on the environment, this should also lift restrictions making it possible to place gravesites freely; in the home, on family property or other places with emotional ties to the deceased and next of kin.