Human composting? What you need to know | GEME

Human composting? What you need to know

Human composting, also known as "natural organic reduction," is a method of returning human remains to the earth in a way that mimics the natural process of decomposition. Instead of being buried in a cemetery or cremated, a person's body is placed in a container with wood chips and other organic materials, where it is broken down over several weeks by naturally occurring microorganisms.

What is the different between human composting and bury?

The main difference between human composting and traditional burial is the process of disposing of the body and the end result.  

In traditional burial, a body is placed in a casket and interred in a cemetery. The casket is typically made of wood or metal, and the body is often embalmed to slow decomposition. The grave is then covered with dirt and a headstone or marker is placed on top. Traditional burial takes up a significant amount of land and the body can take many years to decompose, while also impacting the environment.

Traditional burial and human composting are two different methods of disposing of human remains. Traditional burial is more traditional, where the body is placed in a casket and buried in a cemetery. Human composting is a newer, more environmentally friendly method of returning the body to the earth, in a way that mimics the natural process of decomposition.

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Why human composting? 

One of the main benefits of human composting is that it can save a significant amount of land, as it requires significantly less space than traditional burials. Cremation also requires a significant amount of energy and produces carbon emissions, whereas human composting is a carbon-neutral process. Additionally, the compost created from human remains can be used to nourish plants, further completing the cycle of life.

The New York human composting law

In the state of New York, human composting was recently legalized. This is a great step forward in making this option available to the people of New York. The law passed in 2020 and is set to take effect in May 2021.

The new law allows for the use of "recomposition" facilities, which use heat, pressure, and natural materials to break down human remains into soil within several weeks. This process is considered to be more environmentally friendly than traditional burials or cremations, as it saves land and reduces carbon emissions.

The law in New York also allows for the use of the resulting soil for a variety of purposes, such as landscaping, or for use in a personal or community garden. This allows for the person's remains to be used in a way that is beneficial to the living, and aligns with the principles of natural organic reduction.

It's important to note that laws and regulations surrounding human composting are still being developed and may vary depending on location. As the process becomes more widely accepted, it's likely that more states and countries will legalize it, making it a more widely available option for those looking to return their remains to the earth in a natural and sustainable way.

Human composting  vs Human melting in New Mexico

Human melting requires very specified knowledge on chemistry. This technology is mastered in very few people, not widely used. Only one chemical guru shows in a secret place in a very special moment. The time it take to break down the human body is much faster than composting.  Quick and dirty, you won't like it. 

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Can I use home composter for human composting ?

One guy from GEME team once kidding to use GEME composter to break down human body for murder purpose. But it turns out very troublesome, GEME is not good at composting bones, although the composting speed is very fast for food waste. But for human composting, the answer is not. Probably in the future when GEME upgrade the new modal to support it :)



Human composting is an innovative and eco-friendly option for the final disposition of human remains. It offers a natural and sustainable way to return to the earth while saving land and reducing carbon emissions. New York state has recently legalized human composting, which will make this option more widely available to the people of New York. As laws and regulations continue to evolve, it's likely that we will see more human composting options in the future.

OK, then, what is the dying way you prefer?