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We're Living in the Future and Giving Back to It

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It was just announced that Seattle, Washington will be home to the first ever human composting center, set to open in 2021. This comes on the heels of Washington state being the first U.S. state to legalize the composting of human bodies. 

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let's stop there. You're probably thinking 'human composting? what?' That's right, but it's not as weird as you think. It's weird because it's different and new, yes, but in practice this actually makes a lot of sense. 

Let's take a look at the two other major forms of taking care of bodies: burial and cremation. Cremation takes a large amount of energy to carry out and then people keep or scatter the ashes of their loved one's, but there's no benefits beyond that. It just is. Similarly, burial doesn't pose any benefits and eventually a body will decompose.

Not only does this method of taking care of bodies pose benefits to the planet, it also uses a fraction of the energy and sometimes the cost of the other two methods.

Bodies will be placed in a chamber with compostable materials and the decomposing process will be sped up to a only 30-day duration, after which family members may choose to keep the soil made from their loved one or donating it to help reforest land in the state.

This is a beautiful way to honor our lost loved one's, but understandably may take an adjustment period.

Check out the original article here!

Photo taken by Olson Kundig and found from article linked above.