CALIFORNIA – A new bill could let Californians swap a tombstone for an apple tree.
The bill, AB2592 was introduced on Tuesday. It could allow family and friends to compose their loved ones after death in a process called Natural Organic Reduction.
Family members can then use the compost and soil to help grow trees or plants.
Assemblymember Christina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) sponsored the newly proposed bill that would allow the process.
“They take your body and they work to have it be composted with wood chips and other natural things,” Christina Garcia said. “In that process, they also make sure to remove toxins and so forth. We want to make sure that the soil we're giving you is healthy and clean.”
The company “Recompose,” who pioneered the method said it’s a cleaner alternative to traditional funeral arrangements. They are looking to make body composting available to Californians as soon as 2021.
They added if everyone in California chose natural reduction the state would save 2.5 million metric tons of CO2 over 10 years.
If California passes the bill, it would join Washington State in offering Natural Organic Reduction as an after-death option.