The scientific name for this process is Alkaline Hydrolysis. It’s the same process that occurs as part of nature’s course when a body is laid to rest in the soil.
A combination of gentle water flow, temperature, and alkalinity are used to accelerate the breakdown of organic materials.
Environmental impact isn’t just about energy, though. A “cradle to grave” approach must be taken in order to get a full picture of the impact our funeral technologies have on our planet. Scientists use life cycle assessment (LCAs) to assess the overall impact. Aquamation had the lowest environmental impact of all other body care options when all of the impact categories were evaluated.
Photo of cremation ashes vs Aquamation ashes