Columbia business offers eco-friendly burial -

Columbia business offers eco-friendly burial

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A Columbia company is offering help to people who want a cheaper, more environmentally friendly way to lay their loved ones to rest.

Customers of Pushing Up Daisies can be buried in a forest west of Columbia with no embalming and no vaults. In fact, company owners require that the body be in a biodegradable and nontoxic coffin or shroud.

Co-owner Bill Goddard says the business combines two of his beliefs -- that typical funerals are too expensive and are hard on the environment.

The Columbia Tribune reports that Goddard says a standard funeral can cost $12,000 or more. He can offer funerals for as little as $1,185.


Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune,

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