If the "year without toilet paper" didn't gross out willing environmentalists, perhaps the idea of composting the deadÂ (link to Ethical Man blog) will. I don't care if it takes a lot of energy -- about a month's worth for a living Westerner -- to cremate a body, I will not be composted or even freeze-dried, powdered and mulched. One of the hallmarks of emerging humanity was the care given by the living for the dead.
But I'm willing to compromise. Options include green burials -- indeed, like farming, all burials were once green -- and burial at sea.Â Corpse donation for medical use ends with cremation, but your remains add value to learning so some will prefer this option, too.