Eco-Friendly Funerals in South East QLD​

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Environmentally Friendly
Funeral Options

With a global movement towards environmentally friendly funeral options, we are proud to be able to offer these services. We find that reducing environmental impact is relatively easy by simply utilising eco-friendly funeral products and understanding their manufacturing process. Below you will find some ideas that may fit your own views. You can discuss these options with one of our expert funeral planners at the funeral arrangement. Contact Newhaven Funerals to find out more.

Natural Burial or
Green Burial

Refers to internment of a body in the soil at shallow depth so that it will naturally decompose. They will be returned to nature with minimal environmental impact. Natural burial is an alternative to the western burial methods, especially those that involve the use of chemical preservatives and disinfectants like embalming fluids. Such methods can destroy the microbial decomposes that break down the body.

A biodegradable coffin, wicker coffin, wicker burial tray or simple shroud can be used to bury the body. The grave doesn’t need a burial vault, container or anything that prevents contact of the body with soil. The grave must be shallow enough to let microbial activity occur, just like what happens in composting.

Both private land and some cemeteries can be used for natural burials. Private land options will be subject to local regulations. Public cemeteries may require a vault-free method of burial.

Our nearest natural burial option is Alberton Natural Burial Cemetery

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Alberton Cemetery off M1 exit 38 is the closest approved cemetery to Brisbane and the Gold Coast for natural burials.

Only one interment is allowed, and the council selects the gravesite on a next-in-line basis. It is mandatory that the burial coffins are made from natural materials like wicker or pine. They shouldn’t contain any lacquers, metal, or plastic fixings.

Grave markers or stones are not allowed at the cemetery, but GPS coordinates can be provided for locating the grave.

The family may be allowed to plant shrubs after the interment and apply a plaque to the communal memorial.

Cardboard Coffins

Using a cardboard coffin is an excellent way of reducing environmental impact and has some real benefits when it comes to the output of cremation. Have a look at some facts about cremating cardboard coffins here >> Cardboard Caskets – Emission Test Results.

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Eco-Friendly Cremation

Relative to traditional burial with a lacquered timber coffin, embalming fluids and plastic linings, cremation can be an environmentally friendly choice.

Our company-owned crematorium Eco Memorial Park has committed to offsetting our environmental impact by truly delivering a sustainable service.

We collect and store rainfall in tanks and dams. Wastewater is treated onsite for irrigating the memorial gardens. Green waste is mulched onsite and returned to the garden as compost. General waste is collected and diverted to recycling programs.

Our cremator operators are trained to operate and maintain our state-of-the-art cremation equipment in the most environmentally friendly way.

Light bulbs have been replaced with low-energy bulbs, and solar panels have been installed on all buildings to take advantage of our Queensland sun. We will soon be installing electric vehicle charge stations.

We are the preferred venue for environmentally friendly funeral options.

Environmentally Friendly
Cremation Urns

Using recycled cardboard is an excellent way of reducing environmental impact. Some cremation urns are made from plant fibres. A full selection of Bio/Eco Friendly cremation urns can be found at our online store.

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