Carlson, executive director of the Funeral and Memorial Societies of America, targets readers interested in making funeral arrangements with or without a funeral director. The book includes information on cremation, body and organ donation, caskets, embalming, and home deaths.
Coming to Rest: A Guide to Caring for Our Own Dead, an Alternative to the Commercial Funeral by Julie Wiskind & Richard Spiegel
This book is for those who want to care for their own after death independent of funeral directors. It shows how family members prepare the body and create a personalized memorial service.
This handbook for home funeral care contains educational, inspirational, and practical tools for honoring the passage of loved ones. Information includes procedural aspects of dealing with the dead, both legally and physically.
Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial by Mark Harris
In this book, Harris recognizes that burial is preceded by a series of difficult decisions in the midst of devastating emotions. He offers a review of several burial methods and traditions, including a sea burial and a backyard burial.
An updated classic. Mitford's original exposé of the funeral industry in 1963 was a catalyst for legislation and change. This time around she investigates pre-paid funerals, cemetery plans, and other industry practices.
Made with handmade paper, this biodegradable urn is perfect for eco-friendly burying. It's also sturdy enough to be used as a keepsake urn. The top is removable for placement of the ashes. It measures 10 inches high by 8 inches wide.
This keepsake urn is made in the United States from bamboo, a rapidly renewable wood, and other materials that are at least 50 percent recycled. The urn includes an oil lamp in the lid, but can also be purchased with a solid lid.
This urn is made from post-consumer recycled plastics and uses the equivalent of 41 recycled one-gallon milk jugs. Available in plain white so family members can decorate with photos and write messages.
This company combines cremated remains with a cement-based reef facsimile. The “reef” is then placed into areas where aquatic life is struggling to thrive. The company has affiliated providers across the US.
Made from unfired clay that's painted with water-soluble colors, these urns are suitable for burial or scattering at sea. Available in five colors: gold, light blue, green, natural, and coral. The company offers several other biodegradable styles, including some made from paper.
Made from recycled paper, these urns are created for scattering ashes on the ocean or other large bodies of waters. They will float for approximately 3 to 5 minutes before sinking to the ocean floor to biodegrade.
This unique tree-starter has a semi-porous top with holes to absorb water and a biodegradable bottom that holds the ashes. Place a tree seedling in the urn and plant it for a memorable way to honor the departed.
These bamboo caskets are manufactured in a fair trade accredited factory China from bamboo grown in government licensed plantations. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable wood. Comes with a fitted liner and headrest.
Designed in the shape of a seed pod, this “casket” is made from 100 percent recycled paper that is combined with an earth mineral for hardness and strength. The colored versions are overlaid with handmade Thai paper.
These simple caskets are made of recycled corrugated cardboard. The plain exterior is perfect for family members to decorate and to write messages. This casket is suitable for cremation or burial in green cemeteries.
A woman’s shroud is also available and features a more feminine collar. Both are brown and come with a wooden TAU cross and a traditional white outer cord. The company also includes guidelines for a secular Franciscan wake service.
Made of solid pine, these caskets are suitable for cremations, burial in most green cemeteries, and for Orthodox Jewish burials. The wood is sourced from forests managed similar to Forest Stewardship Council guidelines.
The Purelight shroud is made of unbleached cotton or Irish linen available in white or ivory. This style features a traditional unsewn edge. An optional herbal lining is available as well. All shrouds come with a lowering device of four straps made of woven jute or cotton.
These handwoven caskets are made from willow, a rapidly renewable wood. Willow grows up to 8 feet in one year and grows from the same crown so it doesn’t need to be replanted each time it's harvested.
Flowers are picked daily from this organic family farm and shipped overnight anywhere in the US. Shop by price or occasion (birthdays, weddings, anniversaries). California Organic Flowers also offers a flower gift club.
Diamond Organics distributes organic goods, including flowers from organic farmers in California and Hawaii. Choose from seasonal varieties, such as calendula and anenomes, as well as tropical flowers, including heliconia and bird of paradise.
Looking for something to give to a business associate or the impossible-to-buy for but flowers just won't do? Try one of these gift baskets filled with organic wine, cheese, and a bread. Or opt for their nut and dried fruit options, or the fruit and goodies basket, depending on your recipient’s taste.
Growers of Certified Organic and Certified Biodynamic flowers, this producer specializes in cool orchids, including Masdavallia, Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Laelia, and Epidendrum. Flowers by the Sea also grows and ships produce and fruit.
Organic Bouquet ships flowers nationwide that are certified both by the USDA and by Veriflora. Organic Bouquet also offers organic chocolates and other gourmet food items, as well as a monthly gift club. Earn Eco-Points on all orders for use toward future purchases.
Austin-based Clean Air Limo—serving Central Texas and the Hill Country—offers "style, service, and sustainability" to green Texans. The company's fleet is composed entirely of hybrids, including makes by Mercedes and Lexus. Available for airport transfers, sightseeing, special events, and more.
Their fleet includes hybrids, biodiesel- fueled vehicles, and compressed natural gas (CNG) powered options.
Want your next trip to the Colorado Rockies to be a bit greener (and sans the hassle of navigating snowy conditions yourself)? Book a ride with Green Limousine, a car service with a fleet of biodiesel-fueled sedans and SUVs.
Visit one of the Northeast's most popular summer playgrounds, Cape Cod, while curbing your carbon tiremark. Get picked up in a Prius, Altima, or Mercury Mariner at various points in New England such as Boston Logan Airport and Providence's Green Airport.
If you're not ready to give up the SUV habit when it comes time to hire a car, consider Green SUV, which offers a fleet of hybrid SUVs, including the Tahoe, Yukon, and Escalade. Transportation provided for airport service, business meetings and corporate travel, as well as special events, in the LA area.
With a fleet of private hire hybrids, greentomatocars is the greenest ride in London (they'll also transport you to other points in the UK). And they offset emission with tree-planting and various eco-friendly projects.
Offering airport pickup and drop-off, special occasion, sightseeing, and out of town services with "all hybrids all the time," New York Hybrid is a great alternative for your transportation needs.
Are you a green-minded traveler flying into San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Boston, Providence, or Manchester, New Hampshire? Give PlanetTran a buzz and they'll pick up you and your bags in a Toyota Prius and deposit you at your destination the sustainable way.