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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 2:31 pm 
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"The novel approach, known as “recomposition,” involves placing bodies in a vessel and hastening their decomposition into a nutrient-dense soil that can then be returned to families"

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/washington-could-become-first-state-legalize-human-composting-n952421

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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 3:16 pm 
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Is it a problem if that soil finds its way into the wilderness? It already happens to some extent when people go missing and aren't found for a few years.
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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 5:24 pm 
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$5500 seems a bit pricey,  especially since "green burial" (no embalming, cotton shroud, no vault) typically costs $2000. Most cemeteries with a Jewish section already allow such burials as Jewish tradition requires that nothing interfere with the natural decomposition of the body (dust to dust).

No mention in the article about the weight of compost produced, but they mention the composting chamber is a 10 foot long 5 foot diameter cylinder-- which sounds like a lot of compost for your executor to haul on their back.
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PostWed Jan 16, 2019 10:38 pm 
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I love the quote about how people are excited to become a tree!
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PostThu Jan 17, 2019 1:28 pm 
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RandyHiker wrote:
$5500 seems a bit pricey,  especially since "green burial" (no embalming, cotton shroud, no vault) typically costs $2000. Most cemeteries with a Jewish section already allow such burials as Jewish tradition requires that nothing interfere with the natural decomposition of the body (dust to dust).

Burial and composting are 2 different processes.  Burial results in an anaerobic process, little heat is generated (sterilization), it is slow, and "putrid" odors (sulfur, for instance) are generated.  Composting is an aerobic process which generates large amounts of heat (sterilization), has little odor, and is relatively quick.  It also requires some work (if it's not automated).  You can compost livestock "in the open" without a predation problem if done correctly.  Two very different types of bacteria, micro flora/fauna involved.


You learn about such things when you have animals that generate 50 lbs poop/day. . . and 1,000 lb bodies. . .


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PostThu Jan 17, 2019 4:35 pm 
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Washington (or at least Seattle) has pretty strict emissions control rules around cremation;  so I don't see it as a problem, and probably the most affordable funeral for some.  I discovered this the year my dog died - I knew the local vet had a cremation oven, but when I contacted him was told that he no longer did them because he couldn't afford the pollution control retrofit that was now required.  So I took my old pal to the Humane Society facility near Eastgate, which did individual cremations for an affordable price (this was in '94).  Got him back in a very nice tin with a metal heart wreath on top.  Scattered most of his ashes in one of his favorite places, and kept a bit to put in a potted sequoia that I made into bonsai.  This new thing seems faddish and a way to separate "green" fanatics from more of their money. To each his own. rolleyes.gif

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PostThu Jan 17, 2019 5:13 pm 
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Anne Elk wrote:
This new thing seems faddish and a way to separate "green" fanatics from more of their money.

You think that's a racket, try $200K for full body cryo.  Even so, I'm not sure what we gain by making fun of people's after-death preferences.  Or those who want a slightly smaller carbon footprint even though it will make no difference in the end.
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