Composting is a natural process that involves breaking down organic materials into nutrient-rich soil. While commonly used for food scraps, yard waste, and other plant matter, the concept of composting has been extended to the realm of human remains. This innovative approach, referred to as human composting or natural organic reduction, offers an alternative to traditional burial or cremation methods.
The process of human composting begins with placing the deceased in a container along with organic materials such as wood chips, straw, or sawdust. This mixture provides the necessary carbon and nitrogen balance for decomposition. Over a period of several weeks, the body and organic matter undergo microbial activity, resulting in the breakdown of tissue and eventual transformation into compost. The key lies in creating the ideal conditions for microbes to thrive and facilitate decomposition.