Short Wave: Compost Your Loved Ones

There aren’t that many options for putting your loved ones to rest.

There’s burial. There’s cremation. Now, later this year in Washington state, it’ll be legal to compost a human body. Soil scientist Lynne Carpenter-Boggs tells us how the process works and why she describes it as “beautiful.” Carpenter-Boggs is also a research advisor at Recompose, a human composting company in Washington.

Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le.


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