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Is there a green alternative to formaldehyde for embalming?

Green burial prohibits conventional embalming, both to protect the environment once the body is buried and to protect the health of funeral home workers. Conventional embalming fluid contains formaldehyde, a carcinogen that's been proven to pose health risks to people who have regular exposure to the chemical. There are now formaldehyde-free alternatives to conventional embalming fluid, however, make up mostly of essential oils. These have been approved by the Green Burial Council and will not harm the health of the embalmer.

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