Green Burial - Your Last Awesome Act for Earth

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!" ~ Hunter S. Thompson

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Convert Cemeteries Into Forests

Talk about recycling! The Bios Urn is the first fully biodegradable cremains urn that turns your body, once you are done with it, into a tree. For an alternative to costly, inefficient, environmentally troubling burial in caskets, this dual-chamber burial urn has the seed for a tree within that you bury, along with the ashes of a loved one (human or pet), and together they create a fertile zone for the growth of a new tree.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

Defending the Earth, Even After Death: The Green Burial Movement

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The greenest burial places essentially transform the cemetery into a nature preserve—and a "posthumous occupation" of a $20 billion funeral industry.

by Hunter Marshall, YES!Magazine

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Mourners gather around a casket graveside.
06/28/2018
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally... read more
upward view of forest rees
01/21/2015
Talk about recycling! The Bios Urn is the first fully biodegradable cremains urn that turns your body, once you are done with it, into a tree. For an alternative to costly, inefficient,... read more
Blank Gravestones
03/26/2014
The greenest burial places essentially transform the cemetery into a nature preserve—and a "posthumous occupation" of a $20 billion funeral industry. by Hunter Marshall, YES!Magazine I... read more
Mourners gather around a casket graveside.
06/28/2018
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally... read more
upward view of forest rees
01/21/2015
Talk about recycling! The Bios Urn is the first fully biodegradable cremains urn that turns your body, once you are done with it, into a tree. For an alternative to costly, inefficient,... read more
Blank Gravestones
03/26/2014
The greenest burial places essentially transform the cemetery into a nature preserve—and a "posthumous occupation" of a $20 billion funeral industry. by Hunter Marshall, YES!Magazine I... read more