Recently, according tomedia reports, the United States Recompose company will open the world’s first human body compost site in 2021. The report said the company was able to turn the deceased into a cubic yard (about 0.7646 cubic meters) of soil within 30 days, using only one-eighth of the energy needed for cremation, which would emit one metric ton less carbon dioxide than other forms of burial.
The company is based in Seattle, Washington, USA. On May 22, 2019, the governor of Washington state signed legislation, making Washington the first state in the United States to explicitly allow human remains to be made into composting. The law will come into force in May 2020.
Recompose staff pointed out that when people die, the remains are transported to the body composting facility, wrapped in a simple shroud, and relatives and friends will send the remains to the top of the natural decomposition facility.
During the ceremony, the remains were transported to the main facility and buried with wood chips. Here, the remains begin to slowly transform into soil, microbes and bacteria that break down carbon. Protein creates new material to fertile soil, which can give birth to new life.
“Imagine a place that brings together parks, funeral homes, and memorials for lost loved ones, both to return the planet and to rebuild the connection between people and nature,” said Katrina Spade, Chief Executive Officer of Recompose. “