Going green


Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, but could you hold the concrete, please?

By Sandra A. Miller Globe Correspondent /March 1, 2009The Boston Globe


Ruth Faas and Sue Cross watched attentively as the crimson ecopod decorated with the gold Aztec sun symbol was lowered into a grave at Mount Auburn Cemetery last May. Cemetery administrators had proposed a test run with an empty casket to see how its papier-mache material, shaped like an Egyptian mummy’s sarcophagus, would work with the hydraulic equipment that typically handles heavy, oblong coffins. Despite a little wobble, the conventional lift handled the 40-pound ecopod just fine – good news for Faas and Cross.

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