New York will become the sixth state in the United States to allow composting. Composting is said to save a lot of carbon dioxide emissions compared to burying or cremating the body.
The administration of New York allows the composting of corpses, says British Broadcasting Corporation BBC (switch to another service). New York becomes the sixth US state to allow composting.
Composting is said to save a lot of carbon dioxide emissions compared to burying or cremating the body.
In composting, the body is placed in a coffin with other organic and compostable material such as wood chips, alfalfa and hay.
After about a month, the microbes have turned the body into soil. The relatives get the soil for themselves after the soil has first been heated to remove harmful particles. Mulch can be used, for example, to plant flowers or trees.
Composting corpses is also allowed in Sweden, for example.
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