People in Washington state can now literally push up daisies after their death — as the first human composting efforts in the country recently began there, according to a new report.
Two facilities in the Evergreen State received their first bodies for human composting — also known as “natural organic reductions” — last month, local outlet KOIN reported.
Composting is now the only legal way for Washingtonians to be laid to rest on their own property, though in the form of mulch, according to the outlet.
The process begins when the body is placed in a “NOR cradle” along with 200 gallons of wood chips, Patrick said. Bacteria, protozoa and fungi are dispensed into the mixture to speed up the process. Oxygen is also added to keep it between 145 and 155 degrees.
Solar panels provide extra heat as needed.
The final result is four 55-gallon drums full of usable compost, according to Patrick.
The family of the deceased can decide to keep all of it, or donate a portion to Herland Forest to help grow new trees in the cemetery.