Human composting and other green ways to die

Aug 2, 2023 | Environmental, Religion, Videos

It’s a sobering thought, but one we all must face: what to do with our mortal remains when the time comes? In an age of environmental awareness and sustainability, people are increasingly looking for alternatives to conventional burials or cremations that are not only respectful of the dead, but also kinder to the planet.

Enter deathcare innovators such as Katrina Spade and Jae Rhim Lee, whose work features prominently in the new documentary “The Future of Death”. The film explores different ways in which we can responsibly dispose of our bodies after death – from being consumed by mushrooms and turned into soil, to dissolving in liquid.

Spade has invented a system called “recomposition”, which uses woodchips and natural bacteria to turn dead bodies into soil within days. This is achieved by placing the body inside a large vessel constructed out of recycled materials and adding woodchips and microbes. The resulting nutrient-rich compost can be used to fertilize gardens or spread on local farms.

Lee has gone one step further by cultivating mushrooms that eat away at toxins in the body, breaking them down safely without any harm to the environment. This is part of her “Infinity Burial Suit” project which involves dressing corpses in special suits inoculated with a mixture of fungi spores before they’re laid to rest.

For those who would like to explore these alternative approaches more thoroughly, “The Future Of Death” offers an intriguing look at how modern technology can revolutionize our experience with death. From seeing how these cutting edge forms of burial could reduce our carbon footprint on earth, to learning about the spiritual elements surrounding these innovations – this documentary will surely leave viewers feeling inspired and hopeful about their mortality. So if you’re interested in finding out more about sustainable funerals – tune into “The Future Of Death” today for an enlightening and eye-opening experience!

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