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.Sam Bar, Products, is responsible for the development of burial product standards and the evaluation of our providers’ new products.  A graduate of Northeastern University, Sam worked as a quality assurance and manufacturing engineer for companies in both the United States and China.  In 2011, he joined the US Peace Corps as an education volunteer in Mozambique, where he taught at a secondary school and coordinated a national science program.  As our go-to expert on sustainability issues in manufacturing and product use, Sam draws on his diverse manufacturing expertise and global development exposure to ensure our product providers represent the values of green burial.

Sam Perry, Funeral Homes, is a licensed funeral director in Indiana with a passion for gardening.  He became interested in the funeral industry after being the groundskeeper for his local funeral home.  Later, while getting his Bachelors degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service, Sam was inspired further when he studied abroad with Semester at Sea.  His studies included non-profit leadership and independent studies of funeral rights in Ghana, Japan, India, and a handful of other countries around the world. He is now a part of the Green Burial Council to help educate people about the “green” alternatives to conventional burial so that he can do his part to preserve this beautiful planet a little longer.

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  1. Vincent Butler

    Hi I am resident in Ireland and am interested in finding out about Green burials.
    The local authorities are concerned about how the decaying materials affect the environment and if any material effects the water and rivers. Has any research be done that I can refer to?

    1. Lee

      Hi Vincent – you can find related material in the publication “The Science of Green Burial” (GBC website pages Resources>Education) which includes the research to date in the material [The list of research materials is included.]. There is work underway right now to conduct a soil and water study of existing natural burial graves by a group in the US but we are just getting started. The fact that natural burial has been done without incident for eons is a good starting place. The bottom line is this: the materials buried with bodies are believed to be the cause of any pollution plume in conventional and emergency graves, if it exists at all, not from the bodies themselves, as unimpeded decomposition of organic matter processes through soil filters and natural processes, as we have seen in livestock research, is the most efficient method known. Take a look at the findings in the report and send more questions to help us with designing the study! Thanks –

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