While the idea of burying or cremating a loved one is very sad, another aspect to consider is the impact current human burial traditions have on the environment. Graveyards take up space and cremation contributes to the release of toxic gasses.
Now, Recompose, a company based in the U.S, plan to offer an alternative burial method. Their process called recomposition gently converts human remains into soil. “So that we can nourish new life after we die,” their website said.
“By converting human remains into soil, we minimize waste, avoid polluting groundwater with embalming fluid, and prevent the emissions of CO2 from cremation and from the manufacturing of caskets, headstones, and grave liners,” they said.
The natural breakdown process works by placing the body reusable, hexagonal ‘Recomposition Vessels’ where it is is covered in wood chips and aerated, creating a natural environment for microbes and bacteria to breakdown the body.
According to their website, it takes about 30 days for the body to be fully transformed into soil, with the process saving a metric tonne of CO2.
It is estimated that a person makes about 0.76 cubic meter of soil which friends and family are welcome to take home the soil to use in their own garden.
This service has been estimated to cost $5,500 (around R80,570).