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Human composting

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)

Source: IE

Human composting, also known as natural organic reduction, is a process of transforming the human body into nutrient-rich soil that has emerged as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial or cremation.

Process: The process involves washing and dressing the body in a biodegradable gown, placing it in a closed vessel along with selected materials, and leaving it to decompose for 30 days with the addition of oxygen to speed up the process.

Advantages: The resulting soil can be used for gardening or spread in designated memorial grounds or forest conservation areas. Human composting costs around $5,500, and is much less energy-intensive than cremation.

Opposition: The Catholic Church has been the biggest opponent of the process, calling it an “unfortunate spiritual, emotional, and psychological distancing from the deceased.”

 Usage: The example can be cited as an alternative way of lifestyle (even after death) which promotes environmental sustainability