In my article called, “Green Burials: Trend or Here to Stay?” I talk about ways people are disposing of their bodies after they die. I wanted to let you know another option to burial or cremation that is environmentally friendly, turning human remains into soil. Washington state has become the first state to legalize human composting. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jamie Pedersen and approved by Governor Jay Inslee, will go into effect in May of 2020. Senator Jamie Pedersen saw the process as an environmentally friendly way of disposing human remains. The bill describes the process as a “contained, accelerated conversion of human remains to soil.”
Katrina Spade, CEO of Recompose, the human composting company, explained how the process works taking natural materials, like straw or wood chips, covering the body for three to seven weeks, and due to microbial activity, the human remains break down into soil. The families can then decide how they want to use the soil. Spade initially founded the Urban Death Project in 2014, which then morphed into Recompose, a public-benefit corporation with a patent-pending process, seeking to create a scalable and sustainable alternative to natural burial, particularly for urban dwellers. Spade formulated her ideas about the possibility of human recomposition from the practice of livestock mortality composting. She then adapted the process, transforming human bodies into soil as a perfect alternative for consciously aware urbanite environmentalists.
The death care industry is growing day by day with new technologies emerging all the time. Stay conscious. Do your own research of what options are available to how you and your loved ones’ bodies are handled.