A year or two before I lost Ranger, a beautiful German Shepherd I was fortunate to have for 13.7 years, I often wondered what my final choices were, what end of life options were available. The topic of death is not something healthy families like to think about, but knowing Ranger’s best years were behind him, it was something I felt I needed to explore. If the existence and the fact of your pets mortality doesn’t get you down, the state of our own pet funerary practices will.
Outside of burying a pet in a pet cemetery, most pet owners choose cremation citing simpler and cheaper reasons. I used to think flame cremation was a sustainable form of disposition for animals, but think about it for a second. By incinerating an animal, cremation destroys the potential a pet has to give back to the earth after a pet dies. Flame cremation uses an energy intensive process to turn bodies to ash, polluting the air we all breathe and contributing to climate change. All told, cremation in the USA emits a staggering 600 million tons of carbon dioxide directly into the atmosphere annually.
What most of us don’t realize, the truly awful truth is that the very last thing a flame cremated pet will do to this earth… is poison it.
It’s like we, as human beings created and accepted a mindset that puts as much distance between ourselves and nature as is humanly possible. Our modern pet funerary practices are designed to stave off the natural processes that happen to a body after death. Flame cremation prevents a body from decomposing naturally.. but the truth is, nature is really, really good at death.
In nature, the breakdown of organic materials are the basic building blocks to create new life. When organic material dies in nature, microbes and bacteria break it down into nutrient rich soil. A pet’s body is recycled back into the earth in a clean way. Nature has no smokestacks, Nature has no smoke spewing into the air when an animal dies in nature. Mufasa in the Lion King had it right. It’s called the circle of life.
Months after Ranger passed, I asked myself; “Can I offer a system that provides a gentler disposition for animals, beneficial to the earth and imitates the same process that occurs as part of nature’s course when a pet is laid to rest naturally in the soil?
The answer is yes and that process is called Aquamation. It boasts a greener end of life option that has about a tenth of the carbon footprint of conventional cremation. Aquamation is identified as a combination of gentle water flow, temperature, and alkalinity that are used to accelerate the breakdown of organic materials. What can take 3 months to 5 years in nature, Aquamation takes 20 hours to complete. The process uses a solution of 95% water and 5% alkali and it’s actually the water molecules that break the bonds. At the end of the Aquamation process, the only remains are the inorganic minerals of the bone.
The Aquamation Process explained in 1:52 seconds
Aquamation is simply a gentler form of disposition for pets as opposed to the harshness of fire cremation, and on top of that, Aquamation has the lowest environmental impact of all other pet care options on the planet.
And it gets better.. During the 20 hour process of Aquamation, water molecules change the composition and structure of the animal to create a new substance, a rich organic liquid that can be recycled back to nature.
When we incinerate an animal you destroy the promise and potential your pet has to give back to the earth. And during that process of incineration, we are generating and producing a by-product called carbon dioxide, a substance that can displace oxygen, that’s known to cause a variety of respiratory illnesses, and contributes to global warming.
In contrast, Aquamation is the same process that occurs as part of nature’s course when a pet is laid to rest in the soil. Aquamation completely eliminates the negative consequences and results we get from flame cremation. There are no carbon dioxide emissions at all, and instead of the very last thing a flame cremated pet will do to this earth… which is is poison it…Veterinarians and pet owners, will now have the choice in making a positive contribution to the world we all live in and will pass down to our children.
The rich organic liquid produced by Aquamation can also be returned to the ecosystem via the normal wastewater treatment facility. The liquid is not only rich in nutrients but also benign and completely sterile. Wastewater plants actually appreciate the effluent, (the water – after aquamation) because it is an excellent micro-nutrient package that benefits and helps with the quality of wastewater treatment and is beneficial for maintaining and preserving pipes.
BUT… we intend to capture the liquid, give it back to pet owners if they desire. It makes for an excellent fertilizer in any backyard, as the liquid can be used to create new life. A family’s pet could be a cherry tree… or in the big picture where I am completely committed, used on organized farms to feed our planet.
The raw data that we have, greater than 25 million animals are cremated every year. – The positive effect of taking those animals and naturally recycling nutrient rich water into our planet with zero toxic emissions into the air we all share and breathe, is massive. With this step, our aquamation process is closing the cycle of life on a beautiful animal that has been a part of our lives while bringing richness to families and to organized farms to continue the life cycle again. What a way for a pet family to honor their pet! The impact and positive effect we all have in NYC can have by contributing to our planet in an intelligent manner is staggering.
The eco- friendly benefits I just described in this presentation is one reason New York State has issued us a license to offer our services right here in Manhattan NYC, a stone’s throw from our facility in Oceanside NY directly serving all of the NYC metro area. No bridges to cross to get to our facility. Everything is right here in the Manhattan NYC area. Our facility boasts some of the most eco-friendly machines on the planet. All are invited to our showroom and online store for the most thoughtful pet memorabilia and keepsakes on the planet.
Right now, we are responsible for the well-being of our children and the world our younger generation will inherit from us. Today, it’s up to us to do what we can for the benefit of future generations. Do we think the residents of Manhattan NYC will choose a gentler, much more eco-friendly process that uses water instead of fire to return a pet back to mother nature? We think so and upon considering the eco-friendly benefits available to you and your family, we believe you will too.