A sizeable number of people opt for cremation over burial these days. In fact, the rate is as high as 60 percent in some states. Many choose cremation to cut down on costs associated with burials, but cremation offers other considerable benefits.

In addition to low costs, cremation has less of an impact on the environment than a traditional burial. Here are five eco-friendly benefits of cremation:

Cremation doesn’t require a casket.

Unlike a burial, cremation does not require a casket or a headstone, making it a cost-effective and eco-friendly choice. Cutting down on natural materials such as wood, stone, and metals needed for caskets, headstones, and other memorial structures benefits the environment as well as your pocket book.<