Capital Times Interview on Green Burial

Published: September 1, 2010

In the September 7, 2010 issue of The Cap Times, reporter Steven Elbow wrote about a proposed green’ cemetery in Verona. Managing Director, Pat McNally was interviewed about Cress’ commitment to providing eco-friendly funerals, and our partnership with the Green Burial Council.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Pat McNally, managing director for Cress Funeral and Cremation Service, which operates eight funeral homes in Dane County, confirms that there is demand for green burials and that it’s growing.

Cress has for years tried to meet it by offering biodegradable products. One casket is crafted from sea grass, and they offer a cremation urn made of salt.

“We’re really pleased to hear there may be a green cemetery opening in the area because at this point people interested in it haven’t had a lot of options,” McNally says funeral homes can arrange for burials in green cemeteries in other parts of the country, “but often they have to travel so far that they have to consider the environmental consequences of flying out to the east or driving. And also, it’s so far away it’s harder to visit.”

Cress has recently joined the Green Burial Council, a Santa Fe, N.M., organization formed five years ago to set standards for green burials and to certify that green burial products are as environmentally friendly as they claim to be.

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