Florida Funeral Home Unveils New Body ‘Liquefaction’ Unit

resomatorThere are many things to consider when taking care of funeral arrangements: did the person want to be buried, cremated, or liquidated? This ‘alkaline hydrolysis” unit is thought to be more environmentally friendly than the traditional cremation process. BBC News reports:

A Glasgow-based company has installed its first commercial “alkaline hydrolysis” unit at a Florida funeral home.

The unit by Resomation Ltd is billed as a green alternative to cremation and works by dissolving the body in heated alkaline water.

The facility has been installed at the Anderson-McQueen funeral home in St Petersburg, and will be used for the first time in the coming weeks. It is hoped other units will follow in the US, Canada and Europe.

The makers claim the process produces a third less greenhouse gas than cremation, uses a seventh of the energy, and allows for the complete separation of dental amalgam for safe disposal.

Mercury from amalgam vaporised in crematoria is blamed for up to 16% of UK airborne mercury emissions, and many UK crematoria are currently fitting mercury filtration systems to meet reduced emission targets.

[Continues at BBC News]

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  • http://www.patrickbay.ca/ Patrick Bay

    “16% of UK airborne mercury emissions” — Umm….how many bodies are they burning in the UK?!

  • http://www.patrickbay.ca/ Patrick Bay

    “16% of UK airborne mercury emissions” — Umm….how many bodies are they burning in the UK?!

  • Wanooski

    Why don’t they just bury the fuckers without using all the embalming fluid and shit? 

  • Anarchy Pony

    Why don’t they just bury the fuckers without using all the embalming fluid and shit? 

    • Malkiyahu

      I concur. On a side note, I would drink Amanda Seyfried.

      • Jin The Ninja

        eww?

    • Reasor

      Ah, but all the embalming fluid and shit is necessary to preserve the carcass at room temperature long enough to hold a wake and open casket funeral.  It’s easier to engineer a greener alternative to cremation than it is to engineer mourners who have a healthy relationship with the fact of human mortality.

  • Malkiyahu

    I concur. On a side note, I would drink Amanda Seyfried.

  • Anonymous

    eww?

  • Penguins4Life

    Great another new stupid way that one can commit murder on CSI. Wee…….

  • Penguins4Life

    Great another new stupid way that one can commit murder on CSI. Wee…….

    • Anarchy Pony

      You think that is the industry that drives this stuff? Kind of like how the military occasionally creates something with civilian uses?

  • Wanooski

    You think that is the industry that drives this stuff? Kind of like how the military occasionally creates something with civilian uses?

  • Anonymous

    how ‘brave new world’ of them

  • JoiquimCouteau

    how ‘brave new world’ of them

  • Anonymous

    CycledLife’s EcoSpa(TM) creates a nutrient enriched water
    (ANEW) that is spread upon the earth, not put into the sewer. In January 2011,
    our first system was used at a funeral home in Columbus, OH, USA. Our system
    operates at a low-temperature, so there is no buildup of pressure.
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  • Anonymous

    Ah, but all the embalming fluid and shit is necessary to preserve the carcass at room temperature long enough to hold a wake and open casket funeral.  It’s easier to engineer a greener alternative to cremation than it is to engineer mourners who have a healthy relationship with the fact of human mortality.

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