Did you know that there are six states where it is now legal to turn your dead body into compost? So when your family is ready to plant a garden the following spring, they can actually use your remains to get it off to a great start. I realize that this sounds incredibly twisted, but apparently turning your dead loved ones into dirt is becoming extremely popular, and it is being touted as a great way to help the environment. In fact, you can reportedly reduce the size of your carbon footprint by 1 metric ton by choosing “human composting” instead of other traditional burial methods. Sadly, many people that will read this article will actually think that this sounds like a great idea, and that is because they simply don’t understand the value of human life.
On Saturday, New York officially became the sixth U.S. state to make “human composting” legal…
New York has become the sixth state in the United States to legalize natural organic reduction, popularly known as human composting, as a method of burial.
Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the legislation on Saturday. Washington was the first state to legalize human composting in 2019, followed by Colorado and Oregon in 2021 and Vermont and California in 2022.
Unfortunately, it is probably inevitable that most states will eventually legalize this sick practice.
Our politicians tend to love any measures that reduce carbon emissions, and we are being told that “1 metric ton of carbon dioxide is saved from the environment” when someone chooses the “human composting” method…
Seth Viddal, managing partner of the Natural Funeral in Colorado, tells Yahoo Life, “You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that [cremation] pollutes” or that it’s not environmentally friendly to be “embalmed with a toxic chemical” and then put into the ground.
Green burials can help change that. “For each person who chooses human composting over traditional burial and cremation, 1 metric ton of carbon dioxide is saved from the environment,” Anna Swenson, outreach manager for Recompose in Washington, tells Yahoo Life. That’s roughly equivalent to the carbon footprint of a 2,500-mile drive, one person taking a 3,000-mile round-trip flight or the production of food one American eats in half a year.
So exactly how does this process work?
Well, they jam a dead body into a “reusable vessel” and let it rot for several weeks…
The process involves the body of the deceased being placed into a reusable vessel, along with plant material such as wood chips, alfalfa and straw. The organic mix creates the perfect habitat for naturally occurring microbes to do their work, quickly and efficiently breaking down the body in about a month’s time.
The end result is a cubic yard stack of nutrient-dense soil amendment, the equivalent of about 36 bags of soil, that can be used to plant trees or enrich conservation land, forests or gardens.
Doesn’t that sound fun?