The Urban Death Project Hopes to Make Burials More Eco-Friendly

By: Alyson Wyers - Sep 9, 2014
References: urbandeathproject.org & springwise
The Urban Death Project aims to celebrate the circle of life by turning dead people into compost so they can give their bodies back to the earth. This new kind of ceremony hopes to make funerals a more eco-conscious affair and respect life of all kinds.

While cities in metropolitan areas become increasingly full, and materials like wood, steel, formaldehyde and concrete are being put into the ground in accordance with conventional burial practices, the Urban Death Project hopes to provide a city-specific solution.

No embalming takes place, and instead corpses are refrigerated before being placed in a composting core. Wood chips and sawdust covers the deceased before the month-long process begins. Afterwards the family can collect the compost to be re-used as soil for their homes or community.