Green Burial Council

Funeral homes

 

Green Burial Council Standards/Eco-Rating System for Funeral Homes

Effective as of January 1, 2011

A Green Burial Council approved funeral home must define in its general price list and refer to in any published website its “green” offerings including the sanitation and temporary preservation of a decedent without the use of chemicals that are toxic or non biodegradable, including the option of a private visitation.

A provider must also refrain from making any claims in its general price list or on its website or in any waiver/disclosure that might dissuade a consumer from seeking a green funeral.

Each GBC approved funeral home will be given a rating based upon the following additional criteria that is met:

  • Provider allows for the families of decedents to have the option of a public viewing without embalming or with the use of GBC approved post-mortem fluids.
  • Provider carries at least three GBC approved/rated burial containers.
  • Provider accommodates home vigils without embalming or with the use of GBC approved post-mortem fluids.
  • Provider has at least one staff member who has participated in educational training (minimum six hours) approved by the GBC, which covers technical, practical and ethical issues of eco-friendly funeral service.
  • Provider offers sanitation and temporary preservation of a decedent using only non-invasive techniques. 

1 criterion met earns a “one leaf" rating

  2-3 criteria met earns a “two leaf” rating

    4-5 criteria met earns a “three leaf” rating