New York Is The Latest State To Legalize ‘Human Composting’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Cars and trucks move along the Cross Bronx Expressway, a notorious stretch of highway in New York City that is often choked with traffic and contributes to pollution and poor air quality on November 16, 2021 in New York City. Funds allocated from the Biden administration's infrastructure legislation will be used to study capping, or putting a deck over, a stretch of the highway as a way to decrease pollution that has caused high rates of asthma in the borough. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Recompose, a funeral home in Seattle that has encouraged passage of “human composting” legislation across the country, says their version of the practice requires one-eighth of the energy needed in cremation or conventional burial.
  • Staff members lay the deceased body in a “vessel surrounded by wood chips, alfalfa, and straw” for one month as bacteria catalyze “change on the molecular level, resulting in the formation of a nutrient-dense soil.”
  • Loved ones can then use the material to “enrich conservation land, forests, or gardens.”

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