Recycling people

Cremation is a way of using irreplaceable fossil fuels to turn perfectly good organic fertiliser into greenhouse gases.

Burial usually involves toxic embalming chemicals that interrupt the cycle of nature. In many places, shortage of space means that you get supplanted after a number of years anyway.

A wonderful group has developed a practical alternative.

For many years now, I’ve explained my preferred method for getting rid of my body when I no longer have a use for it: put it in a biodegradable bag (paper is fine), and bury it, not too deep. Plant a walnut tree on top. Then, my descendants can meet once a year to gather Bob’s nuts.

Recompose have developed a technique of accelerated composting that converts an average-sized human body into a couple of wheelbarrows-full of rich soil.

Washington State in the USA are in the process of passing a law to make it legal.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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3 Responses to Recycling people

  1. acflory says:

    I’m not ready to push up daisies yet, but I love the idea of becoming soil and helping a tree grow. To me, that is real immortality, and kinder to the environment too. I hope we get something similar here in Australia too.


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Exactly my feeling, except, being older than you, I am happy to die tonight, or in 20 years’ time, or anywhere in between. It’s not how long, but how well.
      Hold it. I need to get the Greens through the election before I pop off.


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