Alkaline Hydrolysis (Water Cremation)
Water cremation, also known as alkaline hydrolysis, is green cremation, eco cremation or aquamation with a much smaller environmental impact than flame cremation. It uses a bathtub of warm water with alkaline compounds to do what would occur naturally with a green burial when the body is placed in the Earth. It has been legal in Colorado since 2011.
Benefits of Water Cremation
There are many reasons to consider water cremation as your final disposition but here are a few key reasons:
1. It is more gentle and natural than traditional cremation.
Since water cremation does not use extreme heat, it is a more gentle process that leaves the body in a natural state. In traditional cremation, the body is burned at a high temperature for several hours. In water cremation, the body is gently placed into a vat of water and heated until it decomposes. The end result is a more natural state that is easier on the environment.
2. It is an environment-friendly form of disposition.
Water cremation is an environmentally friendly form of disposition because it uses far less energy than traditional cremation. In fact, water cremation uses about one-tenth of the energy of traditional cremation. It also does not release any harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
3. Helps in conserving natural resources.
Making caskets for funeral services costs wood and metal, both of which are valuable resources. When water cremation is used, there is no need for a casket because the body is dissolved in water. This helps to conserve natural resources and reduce pollution.
4 . Water cremation is less expensive than a traditional burial