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2014 Green Festival Public Survey Results

green-fest-300x155Passages and aGreenerFuneral.org exhibited at the 2014 Green Festival in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. During each event we ran a public survey to gather feedback and opinions about green funerals from the general public. The following data is the result of our surveys. Thanks to everyone who participated, including one lucky winner who won our drawing for a $50 gift card to The Ultimate Green Store.

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1. Were you aware that greener funeral options are available?
    Response Ratio
Yes 25%
No 75.0%
No Responses 0.0%
Total 100%
     
2. Would you plan a greener funeral for yourself, family member or friend?
    Response Ratio
Yes 96%
No 0.0%
No Responses 4.1%
Total 100%
Comments:

  • Everyone should do it. Why would you pump chemicals in a decaying body to preserve it, then burn it? It’s beyond silly.
  • Now that I know that there are beautiful options that are beneficial to the environment, I would definitely choose this greener option over traditional methods.
  • Much more organic, it is what we need. As earthlings, and that is to reconnect to the earth in every way.
  • Absolutely, I just need more info.
     
3. What role should funeral homes play in society? Select your top 3 choices.
    Response Ratio
Remove and prepare the dead 75.0%
Sell merchandise 0.0%
Provide guidance on products and services available 70.8%
Help with completion of legal documentation and insurance claims 54.1%
Provide vehicles and staff for the funeral 29.1%
Provide facilities in which services can be held 50.0%
Other 0.0%
Total 100%
     
4. If you intend to be buried would you select an eco-friendly casket made from woven willow, bamboo, or seagrass?
    Response Ratio
Yes 79.1%
No 4.1%
Other 16.6%
No Responses 0.0%
Total 100%
     
5. If yes, how much would you expect to pay for an eco-friendly casket?
    Response Ratio
$500-$1,000 41.6%
$1,000-$1,500 33.3%
$1,500-$2,000 4.1%
$2,000-$2,500 8.3%
Over $2,500 12.5%
No Responses 0.0%
Total 100%
     
6. Do you consider cremation to be green?
    Response Ratio
Yes 54.1%
No 45.8%
No Responses 0.0%
Total 100%
     
7. Are you familiar with “flameless” cremation?
    Response Ratio
Yes 4.1%
No 91.6%
No Responses 4.1%
Total 100%
     
8. What would you want done with your cremated remains (ashes)?
    Response Ratio
Buried in a cemetery or placed in a cremation garden 12.5%
Scattered over water 33.3%
Scattered over land 20.8%
Kept at home 8.3%
Other 20.8%
No Responses 4.1%
Total 100%
     
9. If cremated, what type of material would you like your urn to be produced from? Select your top 3 choices.
    Response Ratio
Metal 13.6%
Wood 36.3%
Bamboo 36.3%
Handmade or recycled paper 27.2%
Salt 31.8%
Cornstarch 9.0%
Glass 13.6%
Ceramic 13.6%
Other 13.6%
Total 100%
     
10. Gender:
    Response Ratio
Male 37.5%
Female 62.5%
No Responses 0.0%
Total 100%
     
11. Age:
    Response Ratio
Under 18 4.1%
18-30 29.1%
31-50 33.3%
51-65 25.0%
66-80 8.3%
81+ 0.0%
No Responses 0.0%
Total 100%
     
12. Income:
    Response Ratio
Under $50,000 41.6%
$50,000-$75,000 16.6%
$75,000-$100,000 20.8%
Over $100,000 12.5%
No Responses 8.3%
Total 100%
     
13. Additional comments or questions about green funerals?
Comments:

  • It’s nice to know I have a choice. I don’t want to be embalmed, nor cremated and simply want my body to decompose naturally the way it was intended to be.
  • A fantastic solution to a situation that every family must consider.
  • You see as the most civilized group of people Americans are discovering that the simplest peoples of the planet live in the most sustainable way.
  • I think this great!
  • I’ve been interested in this issue for decades. I’m glad to see it getting some momentum. One aspect of overpopulation is that billions of people will need something done with their bodies after we die over the next 50 years & that will have a major effect on the Earth.