Your Green Life: "Green Burials"

By KBJR News 1

March 8, 2012 Updated Mar 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM CDT

When a business wants to be more sustainable, they often have the same goals.

"You want to make the product safe and durable and yet you also want to make it green." Said Jude Collins, the founder and owner of the Duluth Casket Shop.

As popularity grows for green events of all kinds, more options for funeral planning with the environment in mind are becoming available.
The issue surrounding conventional burials is all the metals and chemicals left behind.

"And so we are ending up with cemeteries that have thousands of tons of metal in them." Said Collins.

All that material left behind can leach into the earth and pollute the ground.
Cremation seems like a greener option, but it too has hidden issues.

"But cremation has its own problems and that is that in the process if cremation, when they crank up these ovens to about 1600 degrees you're putting out a lot of pollutants." Said Collins

Jude has been hand making caskets for over a decade now, with sustainability in mind.
Her customers can pick from a variety of caskets or urns, all made from locally bought wood.

"And then they decide, they choose what kind of a finish they want, whether its and oil, or a stain." Said Collins

Her personal approach, tied with sustainable options, help guide grieving families in a time of difficulty.
Collins makes beautiful memorials for loved ones, while maintaining sustainable practices after death.

"The more natural the products are, the few contaminants, the fewer chemicals we engage, whether its embalming fluid or polyurethane on a casket, or what ever, any place we can cut down on that is advantageous for all concerned." Said Collins

In Duluth, Adam Lorch, The Northlands News Center.

Although death is hard to talk about, Collins says the best thing to do is prepare by finding the information available and talking to someone about the option