Our Water-based process is an eco-friendly alternative to flame cremation and burial. It uses water intstead of fire to return a body back to Mother Nature.
The scientific name for this Water-based process is alkaline hydrolysis. It is the same process that occurs as part of nature's course when a body is laid to rest in the soil. We use a combination of water flow, temperature and alkalinity to accelerate nature's process.
For over 20 years, trusted institutions have chosen this process for the dignified and environmentally conscious disposition of bodies donated to medical science. Most recently, the MAYO Clinic , UCLA Medical School, and UTSW Medical School have chosen this process for their distinguished Willed Body Programs
With aquamtion, your pet companion's body is respectfully placed in a container that is then placed inside a clean, stainless steel vessel.
A combination of gentle water flow, temperature , and alkalinity are used to accelerate the natural process of tissue hydrolysis. All organic material is reduced to its most basic building blocks.
At the end of the process, there is no DNA or RNA remaining. the sterile process water is released for
for recycling ( our bodies are approximately 65 % water to begin with) , and only the inorganic bone
minerals are processed into powder and returned to the family in an urn.
No aquamation uses a catalyst, called alkali, which is the chemical opposite of an acid.
Alkalis are made from sodium and potassium salts.
Yes. The water-based process uses a solution of 95% water and 5% alkali ( a combination of
sodium and potassium hydroxide ). The alkalis used in this process are the same alkalis used
in biodiesal production, common cosmetic products, body washes, shaving creams, and even in food preperation. At the end of the process, the chemical has been completely consumed , neutralized , and no longer remains in the water solution.
Yes . The remains are 100% safe , pathogen and disease free. The ash that is returned to the family is simply bone mineral, or calcium phosphate. The ashes will keep in an urn, or may be buried or scattered in a special place as some families choose to do.
With Aquamation there are no direct emissions of harmful greenhouse gases or mercury to the atmosphere. This process does not burn any fossil fuels. It is very energy efficient - greater than 90% energy savings compared to flame cremation, with 1/10 th of the carbon footprint.
Virtually zero. The aquamation process uses less water than a single household uses in one day. This includes all of the water used for the process, along with the clean water rinsing of the final remains and vessel.