A Guide To Buying Green Burial Products

If you're planning a green burial, you'll want to purchase burial products that are environmentally friendly. This generally means that you'll want a green casket and a green headstone.

What makes burial products "green"?

Green products—specifically green caskets—must conform with the green standards of the green cemetery or natural burial ground. The basic features of green burial products include:

  • All finishes and adhesives must not contain any plastics, acrylics, or synthetic polymer materials
  • All finishes and adhesives must not release toxic by-products in the facility where the product is manufactured
  • Materials must be produced and harvested in environmentally sustainable manners or must be produced using reclaimed or recycled materials
  • The transportation of materials to the manufacturer and the transportation of the product to the consumer may not exceed 3000 miles

Green burial product options

For most green burial products, you will have many options in terms of the price style of the products, as well as your own personal preferences. If you're working with a green funeral home, they will likely have a wide selection of green caskets for you to choose from. Many traditional funeral homes, however, will not carry green caskets at all. If the funeral home you're working with doesn't have the product (or price) you want, consider shopping around. Another vendor may have the product or price you are looking for.

Personal advocacy

According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule, you have the right to purchase any funeral products from the retailer of your choice and the funeral home must use those products without additional charge. So if you'll be purchasing a casket from an outside vendor, you are legally allowed to use that casket at the funeral home without being charged a fee.

To learn more about green burial, see our article Green Burial.

To learn more about green funeral homes, see our article Green Funeral Homes. To find a green funeral home, use our resource Guide: Finding a Green Funeral Home.

To learn more about green cemeteries and natural burial grounds, see our article Green Cemeteries. To find a green cemetery in your area, use our resource Guide: Finding a Green Cemetery.