At his request, the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s physique underwent aquamation — thought-about to be a greener various to cremation — South Africa’s Anglican Church confirmed to CNN on Saturday.
Aquamation is a water-based course of whose scientific identify is “alkaline hydrolysis”, by which a “mixture of mild water stream, temperature, and alkalinity are used to speed up the breakdown of natural supplies” when a physique is laid to relaxation in soil, based on Bio-Response Options, a US firm which specializes within the course of.
The corporate’s web site says the method “makes use of 90% much less power than flame cremation and doesn’t emit any dangerous greenhouse gases.”
In keeping with the Cremation Affiliation of North America (CANA), a global non-profit group, alkaline hydrolysis is typically known as flameless cremation.
As soon as the bones are dried they are often pulverized. “The method leads to roughly 32% extra cremated stays than flame-based cremation and should require a bigger urn,” based on CANA.
In addition to requesting an eco-friendly various to cremation for his physique, Tutu additionally took different steps to make sure his funeral can be as modest as his way of life was — his physique laid in state in a easy pine coffin, which was the “least expensive obtainable” at his request, his foundations stated.