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The Urban Death Project

The Urban Death Project

The Urban Death Project   Natural burial solves many of the environmental and ecological problems associated with traditional burial and cremation. Natural burial is carbon neutral, it keeps embalming chemicals out of the soil, and it allows the body to reenter...
Promession

Promession

Promession   One problem with natural burial is that it’s missing a critical element found in nature, according to Promessa Organic founder Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak. That element is teeth. When an animal dies in the wild, it doesn’t just sit and decompose. It gets...
Microbial Digestion

Microbial Digestion

Microbial Digestion   Microbes, tiny one-celled organisms, eat dead things all the time, including human bodies. Kartik Chandran, a Columbia professor and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, is trying to harness that appetite to not only dispose of human corpses, but turn...
Alkaline Hydrolysis

Alkaline Hydrolysis

Alkaline Hydrolysis   Turning a body into ash with fire takes a great deal of energy. Turning a body into sludge with water requires a whole lot less. Alkaline Hydrolysis, also known as bio-cremation, flameless cremation, or resomation, is the process of pressure...