Thinking of composting our bodies after death did not seem possible ... until recently.
When someone dies we cannot think of anything else because pain floods us, much less can we reflect on how anti-ecological the whole process of burial is. But a way to face death more naturally can ease the grieving process.
Over the years, funeral customs have been changing, also in different cultures. Humanity has gone through cannibalism, water burials, cremation, burials, until this new ecological death.
Recently a new proposal has emerged as an option in the midst of a crisis to reduce our carbon footprint. It is about “green funerals” It is that the space in cities is increasingly reduced, the free zones for funeral use are reaching a critical point, in addition to burying a body suggests a few liters of water per month and various products chemicals.
Human composting, the future of ecological death
That's what the first funeral human composting site to be available in the United States in 2021 is all about. Recompose company will offer a “natural organic reduction”, That is, it will transform human remains into organic soil.
The reusable hexagonal crypts compost human remains in 30 days, thus creating compost that will sustain more life. Family members can take the compost and use it in their gardens. This is a way of recognizing that all life is interconnected and that we can be part of a cycle that never ends.
The human composting process suggests less environmental impact than conventional processes: “Minimizes waste, avoids contaminating groundwater with embalming fluid, and avoids CO2 emissions from cremation, the making of coffins, headstones, and grave linings.”
This new proposal does not intend to abandon funeral customs, but rather proposes an alternative for us to transform this process of pain into a natural catharsis. It is possible to make death a resilient process, a strong relationship with the natural cycles of life and the earth thanks to human composting.