You may have never heard of it, but alkaline hydrolysis may be the cheapest and most environmentally friendly method of dealing with a person's remains. So why isn't it more common? Turns out, alkaline hydrolysis (also called liquid cremation, bio-cremation, and water cremation) is only legal in eight U.S. states. This procedure is not an option for the majority of the country because change happens slowly in the funeral industry, but also because there are many misunderstandings about how liquid cremation happens. Many people believe the process turns the entire body into liquid which is then dumped down a drain. In reality, it works in the same way as ordinary cremation in that all that is left after the process is bone remnants. These bone remnants are then ground to ash and saved in urns. To get just these remains, alkaline hydrolysis speeds up the natural decay process by using heat, pressure, and an alkaline substance. This process creates a quarter of the carbon emissions created by regular cremation, and uses just an eighth of the energy. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.
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Written by Curiosity Staff July 8, 2016
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