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Tens of millions of humans die each year. That isn't going to change. Traditional burial and cremation practices have a negative environmental impact. This can and must change. So, how does one become green for eternity?

"Green burials don't use formaldehyde in the embalming process, the caskets aren't made of metal or rare wood, and they don't use concrete burial vaults," writes Maria Colenso at HowStuffWorks.com. "The aim is to reduce the carbon footprint of your afterlife by reducing toxins, waste and carbon emissions in the interment process. In order to do so, conventional choices are supplanted by green substitutes: biodegradable caskets made from fair-trade bamboo, "Ecopods" constructed from recycled newspaper, cremation urns made from biodegradable materials and shrouds woven from unbleached, natural fibers. Toxic chemicals are removed from the process as well ... Cemetery landscapes are conserved and lawns kept free from pesticides."

In addition, you might want to consider a biodegradable coffin. An urn permeated with tree seeds gives new meaning to "life after death." Remains could also become part of a living coral reef or perhaps you'd like to be composted? Now that is green for eternity...