Pushing Up Daisies

The American funeral business is becoming more sustainable. 

January 2013

Like many industries, the American funeral business—long known for environmentally unfriendly practices—is becoming more sustainable. Here, three Colorado companies providing Earth-friendly, or at least eco-conscious, burial options.

1. Longmont-based Nature’s Casket creates simple—and 100 percent biodegradable—caskets from nontoxic, blue-stained beetle-kill pine in a facility powered with wind credits. naturescasket.com

2. Goes Funeral Care in Fort Collins offers an “a la carte” menu of green burial options and home funeral services, in addition to supporting reforestation projects through the nonprofit Trees, Water & People. goesfuneralcare.com

3. The Davis Whitehall Co. in Colorado Springs produces a wide variety of personalized hardwood urns made from wood purchased from vendors who observe sustainable forest-management practices. The company also offers bamboo urns made from fast-growing Moso bamboo. davis-whitehall.com