Green Funerals Canberra

Water Cremation, by Aquamation® Can Help to Prevent Climate Change

Environmentally Friendly Cremations is a green funeral director that specialises in Water Cremation, by Aquamation®. Water Cremation is the green and ethical alternative to both traditional fire cremation and burial.

Fire cremation requires very high temperatures and generates approximately 400 kilograms of carbon emissions from each cremation. A fire cremation emits about the same amount of CO2 as driving a car from Melbourne to Perth, totalling about 40 million kilograms of carbon per year. Fire cremation is a major contributor to climate change.

A burial does have a lower initial carbon footprint than a fire cremation. However, with the making of the headstone and the mowing and watering of the grave site over many years, a burial totals a greater level of emissions than a fire cremation. 

Water Cremation operates at a much lower temperature than fire cremation and produces less than 10% of the carbon emissions. A Water Cremation also produces much fewer carbon emissions than a standard burial.

Aquamation® is the better, greener alternative for the body and our planet.

Why choose Aquamation®

No direct emissions.

Fire cremations burn fossil fuels, which create significant pollution and can emit harmful substances like carbon monoxide, particulates (PM10 and PM2.5), and heavy metals, including mercury, lead, and cadmium. Aquamation® uses only water, heat, and a small amount of an alkaline solution powered by electricity, with no direct emissions, making it the most eco-friendly funerals.

Less energy use.

Aquamation® uses less than 10% of the energy of a traditional fire cremation, which significantly reduces emissions, and is more efficient compared to a gas, LPG, or diesel-fired cremation. When coupled with electricity from a renewable source, the Aquamation® process can almost be entirely carbon-neutral.

Fewer procedures.

Unlike flame cremation or burial, the delicate nature of the Aquamation® process does not remove medical devices such as pacemakers, implants, or jewellery from the body before the process through invasive mortuary procedures. These can be gathered once the process is complete - maintaining dignity and respect for the body after death.

The Green & Ethical Alternative to Cremation

Completely Natural

Water Cremation, by Aquamation®, uses a natural and ethical Alkaline Hydrolysis process.

Low Carbon

Water Cremation produces less than 10% of the carbon emissions as compared to fire cremation.

Better for the Health of Communities

There is no toxic Mercury Pollution emitted during the Water Cremation process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Water Cremation uses a process that is scientifically known as Alkaline Hydrolysis. During a Water Cremation, the deceased is carefully placed inside a stainless steel Water Cremation unit. This unit is then filled with water and an alkaline solution and is heated.

Following a Water Cremation, the loved one’s remains are returned to the family in an urn in the form of ‘Ashes’.

Water Cremation, by Aquamation®, is a proudly Australian innovation and has become very sought after in the United States and Canada for its environmental benefits.

Yes. Water Cremation, by Aquamation®, was a 2015 finalist in the prestigious Australian Technologies Competition.

Introducing Environmentally Friendly Cremations

Aquamation® is the environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional fire cremation or burial.