Alkaline Hydrolysis, AKA Biocremation

Alkaline Hydrolysis, AKA Biocremation

During alkaline hydrolysis, a body is broken down by a mixture of water and potassium hydroxide, which is pressurized and heated to high temperatures. The process yields ash-like bone remains as well as a small pool of liquid, consisting of amino acids, peptides, sugars, and salts. This method doesn't require a plot of land like a traditional burial, and causes less pollution than traditional cremation.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Alkaline hydrolysis is also known as liquid cremation. (Contrary to rumor, it does not involve acid.) (0:58)

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    Inside an alkaline hydrolysis machine, bodies are broken down by a hot, high-pressure mixture of water and lye. (2:07)

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    Alkaline hydrolysis is said to be a more eco-friendly alternative to traditional cremation. (2:54)

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