Green burial options, like those offered by the Joshua Tree Memorial Park, allow friends and family to honor the deceased by reuniting them with the earth, so that they can eventually be recycled into a new form of life.
Located in Southern California, the Joshua Tree Memorial Park is one of the first Certified Providers of green burial options. By making these options readily available at its cemetery, the funeral service provider aims to decrease the amount of non-biodegradable materials that are used to bury loved ones. As these green options do not require embalming, some of "827,060 gallons of embalming fluid, which includes formaldehyde" used in the US annually is also saved.
In addition, the Joshua Tree Memorial Park provides biodegradable materials to be used for burial, and does not use heavy equipment for digging that can damage the environment.