This is the vision – in an indoor garden, a honeycomb structure lines the walls, and inside each cell, a human body composts. When it’s done, loved ones take home a pot of soil, not an urn of ash.
A person’s final resting place could be the foundations of a flowerbed or could feed the roots of a tree.
This is what Washington state is preparing to legalise. If the bill passes, the western state would be the first in the nation to allow human composting as a burial option.
Here’s what it means to choose a compost burial – and why a growing group of Americans are eschewing convention for a new way to rest in peace.