What would be the best way to bury your deceased loved ones? One way to do it is with “green burial”, also known as human composting. Californian lawmaker Gavin Newsom signed a bill on September 8, 2022, allowing human composting. Along with California, four other states will follow – Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Vermont – human composting.
Human composting involves placing the deceased in an 8ft-long steel box with biodegradable materials. After a specific period, the body breaks down into soil that can be returned to relatives. Californian state representative Cristina Garcia stated:
“With climate change and sea-level rise as very real threats to our environment, this is an alternative method of final disposition that wouldn’t contribute emissions into our atmosphere. This new alternative is a respectful, cheaper, and greener way for humans to be returned back to Earth as soil.”
Followed by CEO of Return Home, Micah Truman, commented: “One cremate takes about 30 gallons of fuel to complete and blows 530 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. Thus, the reason why this option is growing in popularity and gives people a chance to restart the cycle of life.”
On the other hand, statistics show that conventional burial involves heavy consumption of fossil fuel and other precious resources for manufacturing grave products and cemetery upkeep. For instance, cremation is an energy-intensive process that emits many harmful carbon emissions.
After a body is sealed in a hardwood or metal casket, it is often placed in a thin concrete vault, then in a memorial park. These parks usually require tons of water, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides to maintain the upkeep. These chemicals are harmful to wildlife. As many have opinions about the topic, Real Research aims to gather opinions on what the public thinks about the burial option.
Hence, hurry and answer the survey on California’s human composting burial method on the Real Research app from September 23, 2022. After that, you will receive 25 TNCs as a reward.
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