What will become of your body when you die? Worm feast? Up in smoke? Cryogenic freezing?
The second option is becoming very popular. By 2025, more than 50 percent of dead Americans will be cremated, according to the Cremation Association of North America. If you've also decided to convert to ashes but don't want your vaporized mercury dental fillings polluting the air, here's a greener method to treat your remains.
Scottish firm Resomation has installed its first commercial body dissolving unit at a Florida funeral home, advertising it as a more environmentally friendly alternative to interment and cremation.
The Resomator s750 is a 7-foot stainless steel tank. It works by immersing the body in a mix of water and potassium hydroxide, which is heated to 356 F. It's also subjected to pressure equivalent to 10 atmospheres during the two- to three-hour process.
The mortal remains are turned into ash and sterile, DNA-free liquid, which gets flushed. Bones are crushed in a separate process, and any implants including mercury fillings are recovered. There are no airborne mercury emissions.
Resomation says its alkaline hydrolysis machines cut greenhouse emissions by a third compared to cremation, and use only one-seventh the energy. … Read more