When you die (spoiler alert: you will), your family will face several options as to how to dispose of your rotting corpse. A traditional Christian burial? A Viking funeral pyre? A Hunter S. Thompson-esque cannon firing? The options are long and convoluted. But fear not, dear mortal; Seattle area environmentalists have a plan--and it doesn't even involve being fed to spotted owls--or does it?
KING-5 reports that Smart Cremation a Redmond-based funeral company, is offering "green benefits such as carbon offsets and enhanced emissions controls" for cremations.
It turns out that burning a corpse into ashes is considered the greenest way to go about it by many in the earth-conscious community.
There are, of course, other ways to make sure your decomposing body isn't offending the planet from which it sprang. KING-5 also mentions that "You can now be buried without the chemical-based embalming process, without a casket, in a plot covered with natural landscaping instead of manicured lawns."
Ohhh, natural landscaping. Neato!
All these ideas are great, but folks are forgetting the obvious choice in environmentally sensitive dying.
It's called a "sky burial," and it's been going on in Tibet for centuries. It involves a chopped-up body, a flock of hungry vultures (or in our case, the aforementioned spotted owls), and plenty of earth-nurturing poop.