- Recompose’s human composting facility will open in Seattle, Washington in 2021
- Recomposition is more environmentally friendly compared with cremation and burial
- The process transforms the body into compost in about 30 days
When people pass away, they are usually either buri
ed or cr em ated, but there is a new Earth-friendly alternative to these practices that will soon be available with the opening of the world’s first human composting facility in 2021.
Recompose, the company behind the facility, offers a new option to traditional choices for disposing the human body as it promises to gently convert human remains into soil.
The process called “recomposition” or “natural organic reduction,” is drawn upon the principles of natural
buri als that take place inside reusable vessels. It involves the use of reusable, hexagonal decomposition vessels in transforming the body of the dec eased into soil.
The bodies will be covered with wood chips and aerated, which provides an ideal environment for microbes and bac
teria to thrive. The body is transformed into compost in about 30 days, after which this will be handed back to the dec eased’s loved ones.
The process is more environmentally friendly compared with the two prior options. It uses only one-eighth of the energy required for crem
ation, limiting carbon footprint. It also cuts out use of t0xic embalming fluid chemicals that can leach into soil and pollute groundwater.
“We saw an opportunity for this profound moment to both give back to the earth and reconnect us with these natural cycles,” said the firm’s CEO Katrina Spade.
The facility, which can hold 75 people at a time, has been in the works for years. It’s set to start its operations in Seattle, Washington two years from now.
“In addition to creating a system that will gently return us to the earth, we encourage participation and strive to make the experience transparent and meaningful for everyone,” the Recompose website reads.
Washington has earlier approved a proposed legislation to allow human composting; the first state in the United States to do so. The law will take effect in May 2020.