SACRAMENTO — From recycled and reusable materials to energy-efficient appliances, there are eco-friendly alternatives for just about everything these days.
And now it’s the same when it comes to how you’re buried.
Over the weekend, Governor Newsom signed a human composting bill into law.
“We have a climate change crisis there and I don’t want to contribute to it,” said Congresswoman Christina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens)
It was a post-mortem preference promising a greener afterlife.
“This cycle back to earth is nothing new,” Garcia said.
Garcia talks about human composting, where human remains decompose naturally for about a month after being placed in a reusable container and buried in biodegradable materials like wood chips and alfalfa, which break down into soil that can then be used. returned to the families.
“It’s compost. It’s soil that we’re talking about…that could be used to plant trees, to plant a garden. And it’s also good for the environment,” she said. declared.
The option just got the green light from Governor Newsom.
“If it’s something that’s not for you, you don’t have to use it. It’s just an added option. We’re not taking anything away,” Garcia said.
Garcia says it’s not a magic bullet for climate change, but it can make a difference by releasing less carbon into the air than cremation. It’s also a bit cheaper than a casket burial.
“Given the heat we’ve been through, the drought, the wildfires, we need to do anything and everything to reduce our carbon emissions and create more eco-friendly options in all spaces. “
An eco-friendly alternative to traditional end-of-life options is getting the green light in California starting in 2027. California isn’t alone in human composting. Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Vermont already allow it.