Washington state passed a law allowing human composting, allowing for the first composting site to open in Seattle
Recompose is a brand new company that plans to open in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood in Spring 2021. According to its website, the aim of their company is compassionate death care:
Recompose offers an alternative choice to cremation and conventional burial methods. Our service - recomposition - gently converts human remains into soil, so that we can nourish new life after we die.
The mission of Recompose is to offer another environmentally friendly alternative to burial and cremation, both of which have staggering costs to our planet. At Recompose, bodies are put in a proprietary vessel filled with wood chips, alfalfa, and straw. After around 30 days, the body is reduced to nourishing soil, which the mourning family can use to reforest land in Washington or keep it to grow their own gardens of memory. Aside from the process honoring the natural world, it consumes one eighth of the energy that cremation requires. Recompose is part of the green death movement, and is designed to better fit into urban landscapes where the lack of forests make green burials more difficult. The process is expected to cost around $5,500.
The facility itself is beautiful. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, it's a large open space, with plenty of light flooding the 18,500-square-foot space. The space features a lot of greenery and a large meeting space for funerals. There are 75 white hexagonal pods in the space where the bodies go, giving the environment a beehive look.
Founder Katrina Spade recently gave a TED Talk on this fascinating new field of green death care.