How sustainable burials could save the planet—and maybe your pocketbook : The Indicator from Planet Money One estimate says 2.4 million people die in the U.S. each year, and burying them is expensive: a typical burial can cost about $10,000. That's a lot of money, caskets, and plots filling up cemeteries. But ... what if there was a cost-effective option to bury people, one that was good for the Earth and your pocket book? Today, we look at the prices and features of sustainable burials.

The growing industry of green burials

The growing industry of green burials

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Recompose
A posed dummy with plant material demonstrates how the decedent&#039;s body is placed in a Recompose cradle during a laying-in ceremony, just before the soil transformation process begins. Photo Credit: Recompose
Recompose

One estimate says 2.4 million people die in the U.S. each year, and burying them is expensive: a typical burial can cost about $10,000. That's a lot of money, caskets, and plots filling up cemeteries.

But...what if there was a cost-effective option to bury people, one that was good for the Earth and your pocket book? Today, we look at the prices and features of sustainable burials.

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