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According to Motherboard (This article and its images were originally posted on Motherboard January 2, 2019 at 03:45PM.)
Elaborate death rituals are something that define our species, whether it’s a casket funeral or coexisting with a corpse. And now, Washington could become the first state to embrace another funerary practice by making it legal to compost the dead.
The method is called “recomposting” and claims to be cheaper and more environmentally friendly than traditional burial or cremation. It involves rapidly decomposing a body and converting the remains into soil. That nutrient-rich material can then be used to grow trees, flowers, and other new life.
The alternative practice hinges on a bill that state senator Jamie Pedersen plans to introduce next month, according to NBC. It would legalize recomposting in Washington where burial and cremation are currently the only acceptable ways to dispose of human remains.
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