Today is Halloween in the U.S. and “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” in Mexico and here is something appropriate I found on plastic.com:
‘In the U.S. each year, funeral and cemetery industries bury 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete, over 100,000 tons of steel, 2,700 tons of copper and bronze, 30 million board feet of hardwoods, and 837,060 gallons of embalming fluid. And conventional funerals don’t come cheap: the average price of a U.S. funeral, according to the National Funeral Directors Association, is $5,180.
‘The funeral and cemetery industries insist that they are eco-friendly and that their practices are regulated for health and environmental safety. But Pre-Posthumous Vice President Woodsen doesn’t agree: ‘Cemeteries turn beautiful places into a monoculture of gravestones, really, a landfill of embalmed chemicals and cement…Then backhoes, lawnmowers and tree pruners put diesel emissions into the air and pesticides and fertilizers into the water – for what?”