Natural, or green burial is essentially the way humans have been buried for centuries leading up to our modern-day conventional practices of embalming and burying with concrete, metal, or plastic.
In a natural burial, a person is buried without embalming, without the use of grave-liners or vaults, and only using materials that are biodegradable such as shrouds and native-wood caskets. The body is buried only 3 feet deep, rather than 6 feet deep, as this allows the soil microbes to benefit.
To put it simply, natural burial is just that:
- Designed to support the reunion of human bodies with nature as effectively and completely as possible.