It's likely that you've at least considered how your remains will be, uh, disposed after your demise. People generally have strong opinions about burial versus cremation. Some decisions are motivated by religious beliefs, fear of fire (or worms), or even limited availability of real estate, but the preferences of the general population generally fall into one of two camps. But did you know, you now have a third option? Natural Organic Reduction - more commonly referred to as Human Composting is having a moment. Washington state is among the vanguard that now allows you to take a more earth-friendly way out of this world.
Examining the environmental impact of traditional burials and, to a lesser degree, cremation, proves that even the dead can do damage. The impact of casket materials and building, shrouds, linings, embalming, and other carbon criminals really adds up. According to Recompose CEO, Katrina Spade, NOR prevents 1.4 tons of carbon impact versus cremation.
So, as you ponder your impact in the afterlife, check out our Skraps episode with Professor Lynne Carpenter-Boggs to see exactly what we mean by "human composting," how it works, and how you can reserve your environmentally friendly place in the hereafter.