Washington is preparing to become the first state to legalize “human composting.” Families of the deceased may soon be able to take clean, nutrient-rich soil home — where it’ll even be safe for food gardens. https://lat.ms/2Hhsm5B
However, not everyone is dying to turn their loved ones’ bodies into garden-variety soil. “I think the vision they have is that you throw Grandpa out in the backyard with food scraps,” state Sen. Jamie Pederson says. https://lat.ms/2Hhsm5B
Pederson explains the idea is that “bodies are being reduced to soil in a way that is essentially an acceleration of a very natural process.” The practice reduces environmental impacts and saves land from being taken up by cemetery plots. https://lat.ms/2Hhsm5B
In Seattle, the founder of a company called Recompose is eager to market what she calls natural organic reduction, letting microbes do the work of breaking down human remains. 📸: @karenducey https://lat.ms/2Hhsm5B
Going easy on the environment is one reason Nina Schoen plans to direct in her will that her body be composted. She likes the idea that composting would contribute to the climate equation by sequestering greenhouse gases, locking carbon in soil. 📸: @karenducey
Other Washington residents are lining up to be composted when their day comes. And Gov. Inslee, who is focusing his presidential campaign on climate change, may sign the bill to cut carbon emissions from burials and cremations. https://lat.ms/2Hhsm5B
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