Foreign Affairs
Would you choose to be turned into compost after your death?

Washington is the first US state which has enacted a law for persons to have an option to be turned into compost for soil after their death.

This option is an alternative to burial and cremation, and is particularly useful in areas where cemetery space is limited.

When a person’s remains become compost, this is handed over to the family, who can then use it for plants or trees.

The first company to be offering this service in Washington explained that the body is placed in a steel container containing alfalfa, sawdust and straw.

The container is then sealed, and within 30 days the body will decompose in a natural way, and will be transformed into two barrowloads of soil.


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