A photo of two bowls holding examples of the organic material that is combined with a human body as part of the human composting process.

What is Human Composting?

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When it comes time to choose a final resting place, there are many options — from a traditional cemetery burial to having a loved one’s remains shot into space. Nowadays, there’s something to suit everyone’s unique, personal desires. Today many of us want to choose a sustainable end-of-life option — like green burial, a private tree in a memorial forest, or human composting. 

While having an abundance of green options is a wonderful thing, it can be confusing to try to understand the differences between the various offerings – especially as more options come up. Here at Better Place Forests, we receive a variety of thoughtful questions from people making end-of-life decisions, including inquiries about the difference between cremation and composting human remains

While both human composting and cremation reduce the use of land typically used to bury bodies and eliminate the harsh chemicals used for embalming, they are different processes with different regulations, including what you can and cannot do with the remains afterward. Learn more about human composting, cremation, and other environmentally-friendly end-of-life options below.