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1What is “Bio-Cremation”
Environmental protection -- Biocremation

Bio-Cremation, also known as Aquamation or Alkaline Hydrolysis, is an eco-friendly way of caring for remains. Bio-cremation is an alternative to the traditional pet cremation and burial methods that allows pet owners to say goodbye to their beloved pets in the most natural, most environmentally-friendly, and most comfortable ways possible.

Pet to Nature uses a water-based alkaline solution that accelerates the natural decomposition of the human body in soil. It speeds up the decomposition process while staying a completely natural method—so much so that it replicates natural decomposition better than any other method.

The bio-cremation process was first invented by Gordon Kaye and Peter Weber at the Albany Medical School in 1992. This technology’s original purpose was to destroy many livestock pathogens that caused viruses such as mad cow disease and scrapie. Since it has been used to eliminate the risk of further spreading of diseases, bio-cremation has become the preferred method of agricultural disposal.

In 2006, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. set up a single body human system. 150 families were surveyed on whether they would choose either hydration or cremation as their disposal method, and more than 98% (148) of 150 families chose bio-cremation as their preferred method.

2Why choose Bio-Cremation?

Bio-Cremation is generally a more gentle and environmentally-friendly method. It can help in reducing pollution and in saving energy, making it an effectively sustainable contributor to the environment. Furthermore, the method allows pet owners to keep your pets’ ashes and hold funeral ceremonies.

More reasons to choose Bio-Cremation:

  • it is a truly a more gentle and environmentally-friendly method of handling pet remains as compared to burial and normal cremation.
  • The energy consumption of the bio-cremation process is about 90% lower than normal cremation (about 8 to 10 times).
  • The bio-cremation process uses a cooler temperature to cremate pets, which explains the significant reduction in energy consumption between bio-cremation and normal cremation.
  • It’s 100% pollution-free, causing no harm to nature.
  • Cremation releases particulate matter and greenhouse gases, which are harmful air pollutants. In addition, traditional burial (natural decomposition) releases toxic liquids—such as methane gas—while Bio-Cremation produces no such toxic byproducts.
  • The nutrients left in the circulating water can be used to irrigate plants without harming the environment.
  • 3How does Bio-Cremation work?

    Humans and animals are made out of 60% to 90% water. During the bio-cremation procedure, water is used to bring a body back to its natural state. Bio-Cremation goes by a lot of names as it is also referred to as aquamation, alkaline hydrolysis and even flameless cremation. It is an alternative and a more environmentally-friendly approach compared to the traditional cremation and burial as it accelerates the natural decomposition process and breaks the remains down to ashes. It is a greener approach as it reduces the use of fossil fuels, does not release any harmful gases or chemicals, and does not contribute to pollution.

    Hydration is a more environmentally friendly and alternative method to cremation or burial, which is the same as the process in nature. Compared with burial, it decomposes more quickly and naturally, and does not produce methane gas. Compared with cremation, it is more green, and does not cause air pollution, release greenhouse gas, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, mercury, etc.

    During the bio-cremation procedure, a pet’s body is placed in a clean and stainless steel cradle. The water temperature and alkalinity is then controlled to accelerate the natural decomposition process of the remains. After the bio-cremation process, only bone ashes are left behind. This process takes about 24 hours to complete.

    No DNA or RNA is left in the liquid during the bio-cremation procedure therefore the filtered nutrients from the circulating water can be used to irrigate plants without harming the environment. Staying true to the spirit of Pet to Nature, our consultant will assist pet owners in preparing solemn memorial services for their pets that are personalized to fit their needs.

    For more details and information, please contact our consultant at 5200 0751 or check out this link.

    4How long does bio-cremation generally take?
    It takes about 24 hours to complete the whole bio-cremation process. We believe that it shouldn’t be a rushed process for pets, so the method of natural decomposition is used to let pets depart comfortably in the water. Our consultant will communicate with the pet owners to prepare plans for their pet's rebirth or they can arrange for their pet’s final resting place.
    5What is the difference between Bio-Cremation and cremation/burial?
    It is thought in tradition that after people die, they all feel that to return to nature is to be treated with respect and love. Pet burial is also a natural decomposition method, but due to the change in times, scarcity of land space, lengthy burial times and other factors, pet cremation service came into being. Pet cremation does not require a lot of land because cremation deals with the body at an extremely high temperature, and as a result, the processing time is shortened. But the latest bio-cremation technique is to let the pet naturally decompose in water with purely natural and environmental methods. It only takes about 24 hours to complete the bio-cremation process, leaving only bone fragments that turned into ash, just like cremation. All filtered nutrients from the pets’ remains that are left in the circulating water can be used to irrigate plants without harming the environment.
    6Can we retrieve the ashes?
    Of course! After a pet’s remains are bio-cremated, the owner can not only retrieve the ashes but also obtain 20 to 30% more bone fragments than the normal pet cremation. The bio-cremation process is just like a traditional burial only faster and more convenient as the natural decomposition process is just accelerated.
    7Is it independent bio-cremation or collective bio-cremation?

    We offer both options but we encourage the owner to avail the independent bio-cremation option. We will arrange for the pet to lay in a separate stainless steel cradle for hydration. After completion, the bone fragments or ashes will be left in the cradle so that they can be sent back to the owner for commemoration or potted planting.

    On the other hand, collective bio-cremation is the bio-cremation of multiple pets in the same stainless steel cradle at the same time. After the bio-cremation procedure, all the remaining bone fragments or ashes will be scattered into the sea for pet burial.

    8How long can the ashes be retrieved?
    Generally speaking, the ashes can be retrieved in about 24 hours. However, some owners may retrieve the ashes much later, as they can discuss with our consultant about choosing a suitable rebirth plan.
    9Is bio-cremation more expensive than cremation?
    The pet bio-cremation service is generally priced the same as normal cremation services, as the price is calculated based on the weight of the pet. After we are contacted by a pet owner, we will arrange for a driver to arrive at the owner’s location within 3 hours to weigh the pet and fill up the procedure form for verification. The driver will carry out the following steps: the weighing, cleaning and freezing of the body and then returning to PTN with the pet’s remains. We will then wait for the owner to arrange a date and time for the bio-cremation procedure. All processes will be recorded on the form to ensure transparency.
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