Each year, cemeteries across the United States bury more than 827,000 gallons of embalming fluid, 90,000 tons of steel, and 1.6 million tons of reinforced concrete. The green burial movement aims to change all that.
Green burial is not a new idea. It was the norm for thousands of years up until the late 19th century. Modern death-care traditions date back to the Civil War era, when embalming was developed to preserve fallen soldiers, so their bodies could be shipped home for burial. (Early embalmers used arsenic, which can still be detected today in old graveyards.)
Greenhaven Preserve is one of many new "green burial" alternatives. We designed and built a built a site for them that communicates their commitment to preserving the environment and helps to inform visitors about this old "new" way of thinking. Back to nature (for real).