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Washington set to become first state to allow ‘human composting’

Washington is on the verge of becoming the first state to allow the environmentally-friendly practice of “human composting” — which turns dead bodies into soil within weeks. The state legislature passed a bill that would legalize the burial alternative, also known as “natural organic reduction,” and Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee will decide its fate. A spokeswoman for Inslee said that while the governor is still reviewing the bill, the idea “seems like a thoughtful effort to soften our footprint” on the Earth. The process is believed to transform a person’s remains into two wheelbarrows full of soil in just four to seven weeks. Democratic state Sen. Jamie Pedersen of Seattle, who sponsored the measure, said that today’ ...