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Could Cremation Go Green In Texas?

Feb. 23, 2023- Alkaline hydrolysis a new form of cremation created to give those who want cremation another option to choose from. Alkaline hydrolysis uses water, alkaline chemicals, heat, and sometimes pressure and agitation, to accelerate natural decomposition, leaving bone fragments and a neutral liquid called effluent. The decomposition that occurs during the alkaline hydrolysis process is the same as that of burial.

There are several reasons people give for choosing alkaline hydrolysis, when available, instead of traditional flame-based cremation.

  1. It is viewed as a gentler process
  2. The process is more environmentally friendly. It uses significantly less fuel and has an overall lower carbon footprint than both traditional cremation and burial.
  3. Some people want cremation but are afraid of fire and see it as a good alternative.
  4. It is a new alternative to existing forms of disposition.

Alkaline Hydrolysis is a cleaner process producing less carbon dioxide and pollutants than during traditional cremation. An alkaline hydrolysis machine is comprised of a single chamber which is air- and watertight. The chamber holds roughly one hundred gallons of liquid. The deceased is placed into the single chamber which is then sealed. The deceased will then be subject to heat, pressure, and/or agitation to ensure proper cremation.

The end result are bone fragments and a sterile liquid.  The process results in approximately 32% more cremated remains than flame-based cremation and may require a larger urn. In alkaline hydrolysis, the harmless compounds formed include salts and amino acids, and are released with the water, know as effluent, is far cleaner than most wastewater.

Currently alkaline hydrolysis is illegal in Texas as well as several other states

for more information visit: cremation association

Author: Ethan Klein

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