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Center for Composting Bodies will open in 2021

Human composting house to open in 2021
Olson Kundig


The options when we die will no longer be a choice between burial or cremation. It will soon be possible to compost your remains and leave your loved ones with rich soil, thanks to a new funeral service opening in Seattle in 2021 that will turn people into soil in just 30 days, as The Independent reported.

Build composting markets as a service that offers “natural composting” to the public, she said website. The facility aims to recognize that death is a momentous spiritual event and to take the opportunity to reconnect funeral rituals with nature and provide a greener alternative to burial or cremation, Fast Company said.

Recompose, which will be able to hold 75 bodies at its flagship Seattle facility, says it will turn a dead body into usable soil in just 30 days in a process much less labor-intensive than cremation or burial. According to The Independent, the process will use as much as one-eighth the energy of cremation and save a metric ton of CO2 on emissions, compared to most forms of burial.

According to the Olson Kundig architects who designed the new facility, a funeral usually requires chemical-laden embalming, while cremation is energy intensive, as Fast Company reported.

“Our service - recomposition - gently converts human remains into soil so that we can nourish new life after we die,” says the Recompose website. “We learned composting from nature. At the heart of our model is a system that gently returns us to Earth after we die. ”

“By converting human remains into soil, we minimize waste, avoid groundwater contamination with embalming fluid and prevent CO2 emissions from cremation and the production of coffins, headstones and grave liners,” explains the company's website. . "By allowing organic processes to transform our bodies and those of our loved ones into a useful soil conditioner, we help strengthen our relationship with natural cycles while enriching the Earth."

Olson Kundig

The project has been in the works since 2016, when Recompose founder and CEO Katrina Spade and her team teamed up with architects to create a prototype facility, Fast Company said.

However, the project only got off the ground after Washington became the first state to explicitly allow natural organic reduction for human remains or human composting. The law, which went into effect in May 2020, allows funeral homes to speed up the process of converting human remains into soil, enabling environmentally friendly funerals in urban and suburban areas where wide open tracts of land are not available for burial . , according to The Independent.

Recompose uses stacked hexagonal barrels, resembling a honeycomb, to store dead bodies. The bodies sealed in the hexagonal tubes are covered with wood chips, alfalfa and hay. There, the temperature is regulated, the dirt is aerated, and conditions are optimized for bacteria to break down organic matter over the course of several weeks, as The Independent reported.

Compost bag from the Municipality

"We wondered how we could use nature - which has perfected the cycle of life and death - as a model for caring for human death," said Katrina Spade, as The Independent reported. "We saw an opportunity for this profound moment to both give back to the Earth and reconnect with these natural cycles."

A single body plus the wood chips, alfalfa and hay will yield a cubic yard of soil, or several wheelbarrows full. Some families will take the land home to use, while others can donate it to conservation projects on the slopes of Bells Mountain in Washington, according to the Seattle Times.

"Today, some families even consider cremation ashes a burden, not a joy," Spade told the Seattle Times.As in: 'We've had this axle in the garage for six years'. And we create a cubic meter of land. ”

I do ask myself the questions:

What will happen to the skeleton? Shredder?

And what is the next step, Flock to the biocentre in a dump truck?

Awaiting Jesse Klavers response.

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