This week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill to allow the composting of human remains within the state. It is the only state in the US—and possibly the only government in the world—to explicitly allow “natural organic reduction” of human remains.
Katrina Spade, the founder of Recompose, told the Times that the process will cost about $5,000 — more than a traditional cremation, but less than a traditional burial. “The material we give back to families is much like the topsoil you’d buy at your local nursery,” Recompose says on its website.
A lot of people will have an initial (understandable) negative reaction to this story but, unless you have religious reasons for not wanting to do it, would you have a problem with being composted after you die? Personally, I’d be fine with it as long as someone can sneak my compost on to the grounds of the Halifax Public Gardens and use it there.