Nobody likes to think about death, but at some point you have to do it. Most people opt for a traditional ceremony, inside a coffin. Others prefer to cremate their bodies and distribute their ashes. However, a revolutionary project in the United States goes further and aims to return the human body to nature by transforming it into compost.
The conception occurred to Katrina Spade, who proposed a new way to leave a mark on earth after death. Literally.
From the hand of his company Recompose, Sapde provides an ecological alternative to those who seek to replace traditional funeral ceremonies. “Become earth when you die”, is part of the description on their website.
It is a process that converts the lifeless human body into compost, thus it becomes part of the earth “so that the cycle of life can continue through the pure world” , details My Standard Met.
“Death is deep, momentous and beyond our comprehension. With an approach that is as practical as it is meaningful, Recompose connects the end of life with the pure world ”, explains Spade on his company's website.
If a person chooses to hire this service, it can be part of their garden, for example.
This new alternative started in December of 2020 and is currently operating in Seattle, Washington , United States, in a space they call The Greenhouse. There are ten containers of steel cylinders, where the deceased bodies are introduced that later, after 30 days, will become a credit.
The process consists of putting the deceased person in a mixture of wood chips, alfalfa and straw, with the conception of forming a cocoon. With the help of bacteria and the microbes the body will decompose and culminate in clean, usable soil that, after a month, is returned to the family or donated to Bells Mountain, a trust of some 283 hectares.
According to My Standard Met slogan “it is estimated that there are 1 million acres [hectáreas] of land dedicated to human remains and around 4 million acres of forest that are they lose every year for the production of coffins ”. The conception is to contribute to the care of the planet.
The service costs 5. 500 dollars and includes the transfer of the body.