Traditional means of burial and cremation have a high carbon footprint. It is reported that “Cremating one corpse requires two to three hours and more than 1,800 degrees of heat — enough energy to release 573 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, environmental analysts have calculated” (source 1).
Furthermore, many of the funerals I have been to have flowers, which also have a water and carbon footprint (source 2).
However, more and more people are becoming environmentally conscious. Therefore, why aren’t funerals more environmentally friendly? Why don’t they have an option for people to leave a green legacy? Many people ask for money at a funeral for a local charity. Why can’t they also ask for donations for local grassroots green and environmentally friendly projects?
My idea is a website that provides information and advice on planning a green funeral and leaving a green legacy.
This is site also has an e-commerce platform, which links to suppliers of green goods and services for a funeral with their estimated footprint.
There is also an option to select green projects they would like to fund as part of their legacy.
The person can plan their funeral using this site and, on their death, people attending the funeral can receive a link to all the different green projects the person would like mourners to fund.
Years later on the day of the funeral mourners can receive email updates on the green projects as part of a legacy of that person.