Alkaline hydrolysis is an eco-friendly cremation alternative that uses water, a gentle chemical solution, and heat to break down bodies instead of fire. It has a carbon footprint that is 75% less than that of standard cremation and eliminates the possibility of soil and groundwater pollution created by traditional burials. The problem is that it is illegal and unavailable to citizens in at least 31 states. This comment examines the history, process, and legality of alkaline hydrolysis while proposing the rapid federal or mass state legalization of the method as a solution to many of the problems the death care industry is currently facing.
Steele, Jacob (2021) “Watery Grave: One of the Death Care Industry’s Greenest Options is Still Illegal in Thirty-one States and That Needs to Change,” Environmental and Earth Law Journal (EELJ): Vol. 11 : Iss. 1 , Article 1.
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