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Posted: May 11, 2021 / 7:30 AM MDTUpdated: May 11, 2021 / 7:30 AM MDT

A handful of compost made from the reduced remains of a pig. Return Home plans to take in human remains for terramation in early April 2021 (KOIN)

DENVER (KDVR) – A new way to get your body to rest will be available in Colorado later this year.

This new process, called human composting, turns a body into earth.

Governor Jared Polis signed the Humans remain natural degradation soil Bill on Monday. Colorado joins Washington State and allows this disposition method.

Feldman Mortuary of Denver would like to offer this type of service.

“It’s much better for the environment than a traditional burial. The carbon footprint is very small, ”said Jaimie Sarche, head of preliminary planning for the morgue.

The process involves pod-like vessels that decompose a body in soil in just 30 days. It usually takes a body about a year to decompose on its own.

This is how it works: The corpse is placed in the vessel filled with alfalfa and wood shavings. Four weeks later, it is broken down to clean soil.

What is left is compost that can be used to grow. Family members can take the earth home with them and use it in ways that honor a loved one.