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Human Composting: The Eco-Friendly Burial

This burial method gives the dead new life. 💀🔜🌳

Will your body be composted after death?

Being composted after death will soon be possible in the U.S. Washington is the first state to authorize “human composting.” Katrina Spade's company developed the ecological method and shows us how it works:

“The beneficial bacteria and microbes break up the proteins and carbon to create a new material, a nutrient-rich soil. That soil can then be used to nourish life again. You could become a lemon tree, for example. The body is covered with wood chips, straw, and alfalfa to naturally accelerate decomposition. Bacteria release enzymes that decompose the tissues and carbon-and nitrogen-heavy molecules bind together. After about 30 days, the body is transformed into 1 cubic meter of “human compost” — about two wheelbarrows worth of soil. The family of the deceased can take the soil home to plant a tree made from human composition.”

The law, which takes effect May 1, 2020, recognizes “natural organic reduction” and alkaline hydrolysis (sometimes called “liquid cremation”) as suitable means of disposition for human bodies. Until now, Washington code had permitted only burial and cremation. The bill had passed both legislative chambers with ample, bipartisan majorities: 80-16 in the House and 38-11 in the Senate.

This paves the way for Recompose, a mission to build the first urban “organic reduction” funeral home in the country through science. Washington already has several ecological “green cemeteries,” such as White Eagle Memorial Preserve in Klickitat County, where people can be buried without embalming, caskets or headstones. The Recompose model is more like an urban crematorium (bodies go in, remains come out), but using the denser, less carbon-intensive means of “organic reduction,” or composting.

Designer Katrina Spade began the endeavor as a nonprofit, called the Urban Death Project, back in 2014. Over the years, Spade has assembled a board of volunteer advisers, including scientists, attorneys and death-care professionals, then converted it to an economic small-business model called Recompose.

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05/23/2019 10:22 AM

137 comments

  • Maly M.
    11/21/2019 22:35

    Think I would rather be changed into a large diamond.

  • LĂ©onie T.
    07/30/2019 16:21

    I quite like the idea of becoming human compost

  • Kerry L.
    07/15/2019 12:42

    compost me please

  • Nathan G.
    07/07/2019 13:17

    If every headstone in the world was replaced by trees be lost of them the earth would be better.

  • Jonathan T.
    07/06/2019 22:07

    make sure I’m not used as compost for the indoor plants 😂😂😂

  • Jeanette S.
    07/04/2019 13:42

    As long as I come back as a huge bud!! No fucker is smoking me though

  • Carolyn M.
    07/02/2019 15:01

    Bones dont decompose

  • Ann R.
    06/30/2019 20:47

    Cut out the middle man, just bury under a sapling. Bodies rot nicely in soil

  • Natalie A.
    06/30/2019 19:15

    tÀnk om vi kunde anvÀnda det till vÄra vÀxter? Hade vÀldigt gÀrna velat lÀgga mig hos min favoritvÀxt haha you know what to do

  • Gary W.
    06/30/2019 17:30

    Soylent green

  • Nicola H.
    06/30/2019 16:14

    This is bizarre don’t like this idea at all

  • Steven M.
    06/30/2019 15:56

    I thought this was interesting

  • Jessica B.
    06/30/2019 15:45

    Cool idea.. no doubt.. but um what happens when people who do a murder and dispose of the body like this? Do you not see a problem with this? Especially in the United states

  • Reimar F.
    06/30/2019 15:27

    Reminds me on that old song: https://youtu.be/sjWPXybVjYE

  • Mark J.
    06/30/2019 15:11

    Soylent Green.....

  • Briana L.
    06/30/2019 15:00

    Kevin Leu

  • Twylla B.
    06/30/2019 13:35

    Sign me up

  • Erin B.
    06/30/2019 13:12

    LIKE THIS!!

  • Michiel V.
    06/30/2019 11:43

    Do they remove all he artificial parts first? Like artificial (plastic?) hips, knees or the stuff they use to plug our teeth? And don't forget all those silicon bags used for fake tits, ass and chest muscles ... Just wondering ...

  • Charity S.
    06/30/2019 11:28

    Mr. Nsompa have you seen this?