Since the ancient times, when a loved one left this world, there were several options of disposing of the body (depending on the region, religion or circumstances): in Ancient Egypt the body of the Pharaohs was embalmed; Vikings put the corpse on a ship in the middle of the sea and lit a fire to burn it; the first Christians buried the body.
How many people choose cremation? In Asian countries such as Japan, China, Taiwan or India cremation has been traditionally the first option. In recent times, more people has begun to consider this method. In Nordic countries such as Sweden or Denmark, and also Canada the rate of cremations has increased.
Well, imagine a cremation without using fire. It’s called Alkaline hydrolysis, flameless cremation, biocremation or green cremation. Originally, it was invented for disposal of donated bodies (such as in Mayo Clinic) or animal mortalities, since it is effective for sterilization. Currently, in the United States this type of cremation is legal in up to seven states.
Either cremation, or burial o green cremation reach the same results: bone ash. Green cremation is an eco-friendly type of cremation and a gentle process of disposal of the body. It accelerates the natural process of decomposition: 2-3 hours to achieve what usually in Nature takes 25 years. It doesn’t use fire as fuel, and the catalyst is water.
What’s the process? The body is put inside a stainless steel cremation chamber and a mix of chemical components (water and alkali solution of potassium hydroxide) is heated to high temperature, pressure is put and the body is hydrolyzed. The result is a greenish liquid (will be discarded) and soft white bones remains for returning to the relatives .
The advantages of this type of cremation: there is no need to smash the bones (as it occurs with flame-based cremation) since the mix of products dissolve everything; the emissions of dioxide carbon are less (and the cost as well!); and medical implants of the departed can possibly be recycled.
You have in your hands the efficiency and respect of the Nature with the speed of the modern times.