1. A local non-profit group in Seattle is trying to become the world's first organization to offer the service of human composting.

    What does that mean? Dead humans are turned into nurtrient-rich soil that can be used to grow flowers, trees or food.
  2. Great idea. People shouldn't be buried anymore. It's an antiquated way to deal with death
  3. ​The Urban Death Project is the vision of Seattle architect Katrina Spade (pictured below.)
  4. On the project's Facebook page, the group describes their goal as "...to create an ecological, equitable, and meaningful alternative for the care and processing of the deceased."
  5. Spade, who came up with the idea in 2011, calls composting a meaningful, sanitary and ecological alternative to burial and cremation.
  6. Spade says that human composting uses the same process as animal composting, in which deceased cows, horses and other animals are buried under wood mulch, sawdust and wood chips
  7. The design, found on the Urban Death Project website, is below. It would would compost corpses in a three-storey concrete 'Core.'
  8. Spade says human composting would use the same process currently used for animal remains.

    "The idea is to fold the dead back into the city," she said. "The options we currently have for our bodies are lacking, both from an environmental standpoint, but also, and perhaps more importantly, from a meaning standpoint."
  9. We asked our readers what they thought of Spade's plan and many agree that the idea has a lot of potential:
  10. For those who wish to be buried, this is a non-starter, I think. But for those who wish to be cremated, many want to have their ashes scattered in special places, often a forest or shoreline. In that sense they are doing their best to return to nature already. Those who might have trouble selecting some special place, might find this service very appealing. One can, and I argue SHOULD, also put up some commemorative stone in some place. I would support this.
  11. I think it's a great idea - I mean, give people the option to do otherwise, because I know some religions frown at the idea of anything happening to the bodies, but for those who give the go ahead I think it's a wonderful idea that could save on toxins in our soil and room in general.
  12. What do you think of this idea? Please leave your comments below:
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