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KORU is committed to providing genuine eco-friendly deathcare services to their community of practice. 

We never stop learning about and working to find ways to mitigate harm to the world we live in. We recognize and acknowledge that there is much to do, particularly in an industry that is notorious for being part of the problem and not part of the solution when it comes to environmentally sustainable practices.  

Their current efforts include: 

  • contributing to clean energy to help off-set flame cremation emissions through Bullfrog Power
  • acquired and retired a combined 2 tonnes of CO2e – that goes towards offsetting general emissions from operating practices from the Composting Facility in Abbotsford, British Columbia. 
  • curating KORU’s merchandise to local, Canadian crafted, and/or made from sustainable materials,
  • choosing not to offer embalming services on-site, instead practicing only natural body care for the deceased,
  • planting trees every month with Tree Canada,
  • being a leader, innovator and educator in what we see as a new age of dying, death and end of life care by actively providing education about green deathcare practices,
  • supporting advocacy for Aquamation  and Natural Organic Reduction, hoping to see these alternative and eco-sensitive disposition options become widely available in BC and beyond,
  • being an accredited member of the Green Burial Council, an organization that actively evaluates deathcare business to ensure compliance with green burial practices and provides education for everyone about the benefits of green deathcare. 
  • practicing good office place work habits beyond recycling.

“Whether at home or in the workplace, it’s nearly always going to be easier and more cost-effective to reduce your resource consumption before seeking out greener alternatives.” – quote from Andrew Yang (BFP) blog on “Reduce, Replace, Balance” March 2022

At KORU, we recognize the importance of addressing our environmental impact. We’re reducing the carbon emissions footprint of our operations and supporting renewable energy in Canada by choosing green electricity through our partnership with Bullfrog Power.

KORU has committed to planting trees every month through Tree Canada.

Tree Canada is the only national non-profit dedicated to planting and nurturing trees in urban and rural environments which means that through contributions to Tree Canada, KORU is helping to green communities all across the country. The benefits of trees are many from reducing the effects of climate change, to cooling our cities naturally, to filtering airborne pollutants, and to managing stormwater, just to name a few.

KORU supports families with green burial, natural body-care practices, home death, home vigils and the “greening up” of our current cremation options, along with conventional funeral service offerings. KORU is one of a select number of funeral homes that meets the criteria for providing green funeral services by the Green Burial Council.