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May 5, 2023

Today’s guest Katrina Spade is changing the landscape of death care as CEO/founder of Recompose, an organization offering human composting as an environmental-friendly alternative to traditional burial and cremation.  Katrina is the founder and CEO of Recompose, a public benefit corporation leading the transformation of the funeral industry. She’s the designer and inventor of a system that transforms the dead into soil (aka human composting).  According to the Recompose website, Recompose became the first company in the world to offer the service in December of 2020. The process is now also legal in Oregon, Colorado, Vermont, California, and New York.

Recompose utilizes a natural process that nourishes the earth and regenerates the soil.  The Recompose team has been carefully curated to provide empathy and respectful response for the eight to 12 weeks that a body is in their care.  Recompose also offers a pre-planning program called Precompose.  Human composting is an environmentally friendly and gentle way to care for the dead and offers an opportunity to give back to the earth at the same time.  

Investing in Recompose is now open to everyone during their Community Round to raise $5M.  Learn more and invest in Recompose by clicking here.

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Read about how Recompose works with you when a death occurs here.

Learn about the process of natural organic reduction that Recompose uses here.

Meet the Recompose team here.

Plan ahead with Precompose here. 

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