Today’s Solutions: October 22, 2021

Last year, we shared how Washington state became the first in the country to legalize human composting. Now, Colorado is adopting similar legislation that will allow residents to become one with the earth at the end of their lives. 

The bill passed the Colorado House by a margin of 45 to 18. Once signed into law by the governor, businesses and funeral homes will have the green light to set up composting infrastructure. 

“I’m just really proud to give this option to people here in Colorado, which have the Colorado way of life in mind,” bill co-sponsor Rep. Brianna Titone told The Denver Post. “And when people pass away, they can feel like they lived in Colorado and they can give back to Colorado and help the earth.”

If you’re wondering why people would choose human composting, it turns out it’s much more sustainable. The US buries an estimated 5.3 million gallons of embalming fluid each year, which is toxic to the natural environment. Although cremation removes this factor, each cremation emits about as much as a 500-mile car drive.

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