When the body is placed in a flame crematorium it is consumed by fire at about 1200'c. In a recent Annual Report for the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency it states that in BC 82 per cent of families chose cremation in 2011. Per Stats Canada, there were 35,325 deaths in BC in 2015 which represents approximately 29,000 cremations. Considering a typical cremation has a footprint equivalent to about 320kg of carbon dioxide, BC is basically responsible for 9,280,000 kg of carbon dioxide pollution. This doesn’t take into account other dangerous toxins, in particular mercury from dental fillings, which returns to earth in rain and accumulates in the aquatic food chain.
So what are our alternatives? Bio-Cremation also known as Eco-Cremation or Aquamation, is a process whereby the human body is reduced to its simplist elements by using an Alkaline water mixture instead of fossile fuel, scientifically known as Alkaline Hydrolysis. Bio-Cremation is at the time of this article an accepted form of disposition in 3 Canadian Provinces (Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan) and 14 U.S. states.
Earth's Option made an official application to the BC Government in June 2017 to amend our current laws to allow for Bio-Cremation in British Columbia. It is our hope that the Province will accept our application and that we can begin offering the new technology in the near future.
At the time of this writing there is a stakeholders meeting scheduled for June 13, 2018 at which time stakeholders will discuss the process and steps forward that should be taken to formally have this process recognized in BC. We will update this blog with the outcome of that meeting in coming days.
In the meantime, for those who wish to read an article about the science behind the technology, I am posting a separate article written that gives a more thorough description of the process and how it works.