The new technique slowly converts human bodies into soil which can be used to fertilise family gardens or local nature reserves, offering a more sustainable approach to the end of human life.
Discussing how we bury and store our dead can be an uncomfortably morbid topic, but it is becoming an ever more pressing issue as populations rise and our climate continues to change.
Traditional methods of body disposal are surprisingly terrible for the environment. Coffins and cremations produce a ton of harmful chemicals and pollutants and typically take up large amounts of land, making them unsustainable in the long run. As a result, tech heads and scientists are being forced to innovate, drafting up wild new solutions that reconsider how we view the end of human life.
Seattle based company ‘Recompose’ is the latest to draft up a new, environmentally friendly body management solution. Founded by Katrina Spade, the company offers a ‘human composition’ service that slowly converts a deceased individual into soil.
I realise this sounds like something from a low-budget horror film, but it’s actually an excellent way to reduce the carbon footprints of our dead while also promoting new plant growth and soil health – which is a huge factor in the fight against climate change.