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Photos showing the arrival of 300 boxes of the Fifth Edition of The Natural Death Handbook at the charity's headquarters in May 2012. Additional images were taken at 'Death Fest' at the Southbank Centre 27-29th January 2012, where we spoke to hundreds of people and with their help created a bejewelled pink coffin.
People often assume that cremation is the greener option, that in choosing it over burial they are keeping valuable land free from unnecessary use. This is wrong.
One cremation uses as much energy in the form of gas and electricity as a 500 mile car trip, and releases a staggering 400 kilos of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, not to mention mercury vapour and other pollutants. Because of this, crematoriums have had to comply with increasingly strict legislation on their emissions, and have added sophisticated but expensive filters.
This, coupled with the instability of international oil prices, has seen the cost to the public recently soar and the trend looks likely to continue.