A law allowing composting is to be approved for the first time in the United States: composting and burying human bodies


by Joke vander Leij

On May 21, 2019, Bill 5001 was signed, signed by the Governor of Washington, USA. In addition to burial and cremation, this bill 'allows processing of the body also in the process of' organic reduction 'and' hydrolysis ', and from May 1, 2020 in Washington State of the United States' composting ' Will be legalized.

Washington State Legislature SB 5001-2019-20


Washington may become first state to legalize human composting | The Seattle Times
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/washington-on-the-cusp-of-becoming-first-state-to-legalize-human-composting/


Washington state lawmakers just approved human corpse composting — Quartz
https://qz.com/1625446/washington-state-lawmakers-just-approved-human-corpse-composting/


Funeral methods popular in the United States are burial or cremation. Burial is to put the body that has been subjected to the embalming treatment in a pot and put it in the tomb, and cremation is to put only the bone left after burning the body into the tomb. Basically, burials are often adopted in the Christian culture area, but in addition to the cost of burials, soil contamination caused by embalming the remains of the bodies is becoming a problem, and cremation is increasing in recent years. It seems there is. In fact, according to the American Association of Crematories , the majority of Americans choose traditional cremation in 2018, with 53.1% of all Americans.

by JamesDeMers

However, cremation requires facilities such as a school, and securing of a crematorium is a serious problem in dense urban spaces. Therefore, in recent years, new funeral methods have been devised such as 'decompose the body and return to nature', 'put on a suit sewed with spores of mushrooms and disassemble it instead of firewood ' and 'biodegradable freeze-drying' . For example, actor Luke Perry , who died in a stroke in March 2019, was buried in a 'Mushroom suit', Perry's daughter revealed in Instagram.

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In December I went to San Francisco with two of my best friends. One of them, never never been to California, so we went to show him the Redwoods. I took this picture while we were there, because i thought Now, mushrooms hold an entirely new meaning for me. Any explanation i will not not do justice to the genius that is the mushroom burial suit, but it is essentially an eco friendly burial suit via mushrooms My dad discovered it, and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him. He was buried in this. They are truly a beautiful thing for this beautiful planet, and I want to share it with all of you.

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'In Seattle Urban Death Project Katrina Spade, who launched a non-profit organization that' is, 'the human body for the first in the United States composter is a person who believes the installation of'. Mr. Spade's 'compost burial' is to compost the remains within a reusable, hexagonal-shaped poster. Once composted and completely integrated with the soil, the bereaved can take part of the soil home and fill it in the on-site garden. However, dealing with human bodies, it is necessary to clear legal issues in order to provide these new ideas as a service.


Spade collaborated with scientists in Washington and North Carolina on 'how the human body is broken down in the soil', and 'composts obtained by human breaking down are state and national safety standards. I got the conclusion that I am satisfied. And, Mr. Spade has organized an advisory committee consisting of scientists, lawyers and other experts, and has been calling for 'legalization of composting' to politicians from around 2016.

Finally, in December 2018, a bill allowing the composting and alkaline hydrolysis of the body was submitted, and the deliberation began in January. Subsequently, the House of Councilors of the Washington State passed 80 votes for 16 votes, 36 for the Senate, and 11 for 11 votes, which were signed by the Governor of Washington on May 21, 2019, formally as a law. It is established. It will be enforced from May 1, 2020.

Wes McMahan, a former nurse living in Washington, told The Seattle Times: 'I strongly agree with human body composting. Once I've finished using my body, I poison it with formaldehyde and other preservatives. I want to give the bacteria that have been working in the body for a long time the opportunity to let go of it and believe that things should go according to nature as much as possible. ' I answered.

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