Human Composting? Colorado Could Become Second State to Legalize Turning Your Body Into Soil After Death


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Via:  freefaller  •  8 months ago  •  4 comments

Human Composting? Colorado Could Become Second State to Legalize Turning Your Body Into Soil After Death

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Colorado may soon join Washington as the second state in the nation to legalize human composting,

According to   The   Denver Post , a bill has already passed one Colorado legislative chamber and is only a few votes and one signature away from allowing people to turn their bodies into soil after death.

The measure, which is sponsored by two Democrats and a Republican, does not allow the soil to be sold or used to grow food for human consumption. Combining the soil of multiple people is also prohibited under the bill.

According to   Recompose , a human-composting company already in use in Washington, the process "requires one-eighth of the energy used in conventional burial or cremation" and saves "one metric ton of carbon dioxide per person."

The company's accelerated procedure costs about as much as cremation but is thought to be more environmentally friendly. One body can create a few hundred pounds of soil, according to Recompose.

To begin the process, a body is placed into a "cradle" and then transferred into a vessel filled with wood chips, alfalfa and straw. The body is then covered with more of that material and the vessels get stacked on top of one another.

Katrina Spade, the founder and CEO of Recompose, said she thinks of the process as a "hotel for the dead." The bodies stay in a greenhouse-like facility for about 30 days where non-organic materials are sorted and screened as the body is transformed into soil, according to the  Post .

After this step, the soil is moved to a finishing container where it dries out for two to four weeks.

"It's an innovative idea in a state that prides itself on natural beauty and opportunities," Sen. Robert Rodriguez, a Democratic sponsor on the bill, said of human composting.

Denver resident Wendy Deboskey told the   Post   she was excited about the bill as the idea of human composting appeals to her as an environmentalist.

"It just seems like a really kind of natural and gentle way to be completely returned to the earth, only on an expedited basis," she said.

The other sponsors on the bill, Democratic Rep. Brianna Titone and Republican Rep. Matt Soper, said they have also heard that others are looking forward to the option.

Such procedures aren't entirely uncommon.

When actor   Luke Perry   died in March 2019, he was   buried in a special eco-friendly mushroom suit   instead of a traditional casket, similar to the idea of human composting.

His daughter   Sophie Perry   shared on Instagram at the time that the  Beverly Hills, 90210  star excitedly discovered the suit, which " returns your body to the earth without harming the environment ," and requested that he be buried in it when the time came.

According to , the company that designs the special burial option, the suit works to essentially speed up the decomposition process. It has built-in mushrooms and other microorganisms that work together to do this, as well as neutralize toxins found in the body and transfer nutrients to plant life.


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1  seeder  Freefaller    8 months ago

As long as it's the decision of the deceased and/or family then it's all good and no one else business

Plus it's probably cheaper than burial or cremation

Split Personality
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1.1  Split Personality  replied to  Freefaller @1    8 months ago

I'm doing the BIL's estate.  He was a member of the Neptune Society so his cremation was free.

Surviving relatives are supposed to, combine his ashes with his cat's ashes, and scatter both in three AZ locations.

You just never know what your breathing or what night soil your lettuce grew up in...

Professor Principal
1.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Split Personality @1.1    8 months ago
Buzz of the Orient
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2  Buzz of the Orient    8 months ago

“In the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread, 
Till though return unto the ground;
For out of it wast thou taken:
For dust thou art,
And unto dust shalt thou return” 



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