We had the good fortune of connecting with Ed Gazvoda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ed, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My dearly departed company, Cycled Life, sold the first alkaline hydrolysis system to a funeral director in OH, back in 2010. After selling a second system, Cycled Life was bought out by my manufacturer, Bio Response Solutions. In January 2019, I decided to personally invest in creating a better system and chemical process than my original system. Working together, two UNC professors of biochemistry, a former Ball Aerospace system engineer, and myself invented a much faster system than my original one. Last month, we sold both the “crematory” business and funeral home, Sustainable Funeral®, which I had been operating, since 8/19. Now, I am focused solely on manufacturing and selling our Alkaline Hydrolysis 2.0™ system: the FC500. Here are a few of the numerous problems with the existing alkaline hydrolysis systems: • Dangerous high-temperature systems. Link to a Bio-Response Solution’s system’s explosion in Canada: https://www.pembroketoday.ca/2020/03/19/69081 • Long cycle times for low-temperature systems, 16+ hours • The reliance on wastewater treatment systems to complete the dissolution process • The public’s perception of the lack of dignity given 98% of the body is disposed of via the sewer • Dripping baskets • The high use of water@ 300 gallons per cycle • The occurrence of incomplete dissolution of proteins, especially of the brain • The enormous weight and size of the systems • The use of a 19th century chemical process • The high cost of systems, $160,000+. Here are a few of the key advantages of our FC500 compared to the other alkaline hydrolysis systems: • Save on labor costs with the shortest cycle time: dissolutions in @ 2 hours • Easiest to operate and safest: no cumbersome basket and our system is low-pressure • Introduce a new burial option: our system returns the decedent sustainably to the earth. Cemeteries can sell “plots” for sustainable burials: a burial without a casket or opening and closing • Complete dissolution: no risk of having unsterile effluent from undigested tissue or brains, which require extra processing • The pH of the essence is brought down to neutral • Our PCT and U.S. Non-Provisional patent process requires 95% less water than the 19th century chemical formulation used by most other systems • Wastewater treatment facilities are not used for the disposal of effluent. The effluent, @25 gallons, is land applied or returned to the families for a “burial” • Salts and fats readily collected and removed from the essence • Estimated 33-50% more bone minerals returned than other alkaline hydrolysis systems • Less costly: $125,000 (USD). Given our significantly lower cost, our system shouldn’t be better than what other manufacturers are offering; however, our system is vastly superior
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Fireless Cremation is about the people. places, and pets that one loved. Having all of one’s goodness returned beneficially to the earth is an act of kindness. We compost the body enabling one’s nutrients to go back to the earth without the need for a casket or cemetery plot.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Denver is ideal for active people. Here are a few suggestions: play backgammon with locals www.coloradobackgammon.com, find a bar with cornhole, ride bikes, hike, get tickets to a performing arts show, catch Denver Startup Week, and dine at many awesome restaurants.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Creating a system to reduce the adverse health affects from petrochemical cremations required ingenuity, capital, and lots of loving support. Those who care for the environment and health of their survivors deserve a lot of credit. Without customers our business would have died on the vine.