Dust to Dust: Will California Lawmakers Legalize Human Composting — Transforming Bodies Into Soil? 💥👩👩💥

Two wheelbarrows full — that’s how much soil a composted human body creates. In California, it could soon be legal for people to be transformed into soil after death.

Only three after-death options are available now in California: burial and cremation — by fire or water. But a bill moving through the Legislature would legalize “natural organic reduction,” or the composting of human remains, adding a greener funerary option to the mix.

“The idea of returning to Earth is somewhat metaphorical, whereas natural organic production offers a literal return to the earth,” said Anna Swenson, spokesperson for Recompose, the company that developed the process.

Dust to Dust: Will California Lawmakers Legalize Human Composting — Transforming Bodies Into Soil?

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