Tag: human composting

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Checking in on Natural Organic Reduction

In December it will be a full two years since Recompose, the United States first human natural organic reduction (NOR) disposition service was legal and open for business.  NOR is more commonly known as “human composting”. We thought it might be a good time — on the precipice of the business’ second anniversary of being open for business to check in and see how things are going.  We did so, not with an interview but with information from this recent […]


We live in a different world

Recently Apple was named the sponsor of this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.  They will be replacing Pepsi, who has been the sponsor for several years.  It occurred to me, and it was not surprising, that this is the business of new “information technology” replacing the old standardized American “product innovation, manufacturing, distribution” business of days gone by.  Here is a short article about the change. It wasn’t the only “change” I noticed recently.  Just on Friday, we printed a […]

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Newsom signs Human Composting bill, California becomes 5th state to legalize

Earlier this week California Governor Gavin Newsom quietly signed a bill that now becomes law which includes disposition of the dead human body via “human composting”.  According to this article from KABC Television of Los Angeles supporters say it’s an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional end-of-life options. The law does not go into effect until 2027.  At this time, however, it marks California as the 5th state that has allowed Natural Organic Reduction (NOR) as a legal way of human disposition.  […]


Natural burial plans growing in popularity

The Choice Mutual annual survey on American burial preferences, that you can access here, has been released and it shows that preference for Natural Burial dispositions has grown since the 2020 survey while the preference for traditional services and cremation has declined.  To be sure, Natural Burial only shows a preference of 10% of the respondents in this year’s April study.  However, in this survey, traditional burial has dropped from 35% to 34% and cremation has dropped from 44% to […]

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Earth Funeral announces Oregon expansion

Earth Funeral, which calls itself a “soil transformation provider” announced earlier this month in this press release that they will be expanding services to the state of Oregon.  According to the press release, Oregon began allowing soil transformation (Natural Organic Reduction or NOR) on July 1, 2022.  That makes Oregon the 3rd state, joining Washington and Colorado, as a legal location for what some refer to as “human composting” as a method of human disposition.  I should note that Vermont […]


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

I’ve said in this forum, while Natural Organic Reduction (what some call human composting) is not for me. . .  as an entrepreneur I’m somewhat in awe of how Katrina Spade moved the idea for human disposition from idea to a legal process of disposition.  Spade not only had to prove that the concept worked but she had to go to a legislature and convince them that the process would be a choice that should be presented to consumers for […]

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Re-visiting Recompose

I’ve been an entrepreneur and started new companies so I know the drive and dedication behind one who does so.  And, to invent a new industry, which in some cases may include legislative law changes, to start the company in that environment is an even tougher hill to climb.  That’s why I’m such a fan of Katrina Spade and her undeniable determination to bring “Natural Organic Reduction” (NOR) – better known by many of us as “Human Composting” – to […]

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New Hampshire “Sustainable Funeral” group working to change state’s embalming law

If you follow the trends in death care you will notice that not only increased cremation continues to happen, but so does interest in alkaline hydrolysis, recomposition, and other “green burial” practices.  According to this article, in New Hampshire 18-year old Anya Nicoll and state legislator Jerry Knirk are working towards changing a 1971 state statute that they believe hinders sustainability in funerals, specifically “Green Funerals” which generally preclude embalming of the deceased. Here is the statute in question: 325:40-a […]

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Natural Organic Reduction now operating in Colorado

According to this article from U.S. News & World Report, the process of natural organic reduction or what is commonly referred by many consumers as “human composting” is now available in the state of Colorado.  Legalized by the state over a year ago with a September 7, 2021, legal start date, at least one death care facility, The Natural Funeral in Lafayette, Colorado is open for natural organic reduction business. Co-owner of The Natural Funeral, Seth Viddal, is quoted in […]

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Death care start-ups Recompose and Pure Cremation keep moving forward

New ideas come to the forefront in all industries from time to time.  Some never get going, some ideas stagnate, but it is really exciting when you see some ideas and concepts catch a tailwind and continue to move forward. In the last couple of weeks we have seen news from two death care start-ups, Seattle’s Recompose and Great Britain’s Pure Cremation, that make us believe that their masts are billowing with some wind behind the sails. Recompose, the original […]