Cremation Going Green?
"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust" may become a thing of the past if an alternative method of cremation catches on. Regulators in Ohio banned the process, known as alkaline hydrolysis, Tuesday after a funeral home started offering the process. It's process that involves dissolving body tissue with a chemical. The so-called cremation is already in place in some research labs at the University of Florida. Critics argue what happens to the liquid amounts to pouring it down the drain. Proponents said it reduces a person's carbon footprint and is a much better alternative then cremation by fire.
"It's just a shift I think in terms of lessening any impact upon the environment that we can in life as well as in death," said funeral director Charles Chestnut.
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