GOV. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday legalizing human composting. The bill will go into effect in May next year.
Currently in Washington, bodies can either be cremated or buried. The process of recomposition provides a third option that speeds up the process of turning dead bodies into soil, a practice colloquially known as "human composting." The bill describes the process as a "contained, accelerated conversion of human remains to soil."
"It's about time we applied some technology, allowing some technology to be applied to this universal human experience … because we think that people should have the freedom to determine how they'd like their body to be disposed of. , "he said.
How human composting works
"(The) body is covered in natural materials, like straw or wood chips, and about the course of about three to seven weeks, thanks to microbial activity, it breaks down into soil," she said.
while the body is broken down, she said, families of the deceased can visit the facility and will ultimately receive the soil that remains. It's up to the family to determine how they want to use that soil.
The process was the focus of a study at Washington State University in which six people donated their bodies for research, KIRO reported.
"We found recomposition was indeed safe and effective for humans as well," Spade said.
The average burial can cost between $ 8,000 and $ 25,000. Cremation can top $ 6,000. Spade told the affiliate she is going to charge about $ 5,500 for human composting.
Human composting supporter Leslie Christian customs the affiliate it's an attractive option from an environmental perspective. She said a lot of people approve of the process, including her brother, who duty here has his soil to be used to plant tomatoes.