Seattle, Washington, will soon become home to the world's first "human composting" site, a place where individuals can have their postmortem remains slowly decompose into soil.
The service, called "Recompose," will place human remains in a container full of alfalfa, straw and wood chips, all common materials often used to make compost out of non-human remains. The process of breaking down the human body into humus will take about a month, according to officials with the company.
Loved ones of those who have been turned into compost have the option of picking up the resultant soil, which will total about a square yard. The remains can also be donated to a forest in the southwestern part of the state.