According to recent reports, the USA could soon start offering people the chance to opt for natural organic reduction for their bodies following death. Earlier this month, the ‘Concerning Human Remains’ Bill was passed and awaits signing off by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in Washington.
If all goes to plan, it means that people could have another option for the disposal of their bodies other than burial. The Democratic Senator of Washington State said that it was time to give people more choice in terms of how their remains were disposed of following their death, also highlighting the fact that this was an environmentally friendly method.
How the Method Will Work
If all goes to plan, it means that people could have another option for the disposal of their bodies other than burial.
If the Bill does come into law, there is already a company that is working alongside scientists and lawmakers to provide access to the service. The company, which is based in Seattle, is called Recompose and they will offer natural organic reduction that involves decomposing the body in a temperature-controlled device that rotates. Straw, wood chippings, and gas are also added to help speed up the process. By the end of the process, there is just a cubic yard of soil left, and loved ones can take this home if they wish to.
An official from Dore Law Group said that the process of Alkaline Hydrolysis would also become legal if the new bill is passed in Washington. This process is already used and available in some states across America and it involves the use of water, heat, and lye to turn the body of the deceased into an ash-like powder.
At present, burial and cremation are the main methods that are used across the United States when it comes to those who pass away. However, both of these methods have a damaging impact on the environment. With the green cause being such a hot topic over recent years, it is thought that many people may change their minds about how they want their remains to be disposed of once the bill is passed. Washington could become the first state to offer the option, but if it is successful other states are very likely to follow suit.
A More Natural Option
Many believe that this new option will prove to be popular across the country if and when it comes into play. One man who testified for the new Bill said that he had no desire to have chemicals pumped into his body and be embalmed after death. He said he also had no wish to be burned and cremated. For him, this is a natural option that enables people to do their bit for the environment, not just in life but also in death.
With burial space becoming more and more scarce, it will also offer a useful alternative to those that cannot be buried but do not wish to be cremated. If the new Bill is passed into law, it is likely that it will take effect as of May next year.