Current Status

Statement by Katrina Spade, Recompose Founder and CEO

[NOTE: Current as of May 22, 2019]

“Washington is leading the way by being the first state to offer the death care choice of natural organic reduction to gently convert human remains into soil. At Recompose, we could not be more proud of our broad community for supporting the creation of this new service and for our state’s political leaders who really rolled up their sleeves to create a new regulatory framework that ensures we will all have a safe, scientifically-rigorous and environmentally sustainable new death care choice. As we turn our attention at Recompose to raising investment capital and sharing information with prospective customers, we are thankful for the outpouring of public interest and support for recomposition. We look forward to sharing updates as they occur.”

If you are a member of the media and on deadline, or wish to learn more about Recompose than is currently available on our website, please contact us at If you are on a deadline, please be specific in your inquiry regarding your deadline.

Due to the high volume of media inquiries, we apologize for any delay in responding to a journalist’s request. We encourage you to review the information shared on our website to learn more about our new service.


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By Kirk Johnson | January 26, 2019

SEATTLE — Leslie Christian recently added unusual language to her living will: After death, she hoped her remains would be reduced to soil and spread around to help out some flowers, or a tree. In essence, compost.

“It seems really gentle,” said Ms. Christian, 71, a financial adviser. “Comforting and natural.”

A bill before the Washington State Legislature would make this state the first in the nation — and probably the world, legal experts said — to explicitly allow human remains to be disposed of and reduced to soil through composting, or what the bill calls recomposition…

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A Sustainable Alternative to the Death Care Industry

By Endwell Project | October 1, 2018

Katrina has been an entrepreneur and designer since 2002. She has over 15 years of experience in project management, finance, and architecture, with a focus on human-centered, ecological solutions. While earning her Masters of Architecture, Katrina invented a system to transform the dead into soil, which is now patent-pending. In 2014, she founded the 501c3 Urban Death Project to bring attention to the problem of a toxic, dis-empowering funeral industry…


Life After Death:

Recompose, a soil-based alternative, moves closer to reality

By Brendan Kiley | November 26, 2018

Someday, Sonia Baker hopes her body will nourish a tree. She’s already picked one out — a big, old Gravenstein apple tree at her granddaughter’s place on Beacon Hill. “That kind of tree makes the best apple pies,” Baker said. “At least my family thinks so.”

Baker, 84, lives in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood and is an enthusiastic supporter of Recompose, an emerging death-care alternative to traditional cremation and burial…

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Washington Could Become the First State to Legalize Human Composting

BY Tafline Laylin | December 29, 2018

When Americans die, most are buried or cremated. Washington could soon become the first state to allow another option: human composting.

The novel approach, known as “recomposition,” involves placing bodies in a vessel and hastening their decomposition into a nutrient-dense soil that can then be returned to families. The aim is a less expensive way of dealing with human remains that is better for the environment…


Death is Not an Emergency

How Recompose is Redesigning the End-of-Life

by Michael Zakaras | October 19, 2018

Katrina Spade wants to transform the U.S. funeral industry, making way for many more options for those facing death and for their families. She founded Recompose in 2017 to champion a dramatically new approach that reconnects death to natural cycles of life and engages people through meaningful participation. Ashoka’s Michael Zakaras caught up with Spade to learn more …

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Could ‘Human Composting’ Mean a Better, Greener Death?

By Hallie Golden | January 14, 2019

When people die, usually one of two things happens to their bodies: Either they are buried below ground in caskets, or they are cremated, reduced to bone fragments by intense heat. But Washington State could soon get another option—human composting. This turns the body into nutrient-rich soil naturally in about 30 days.

Last month, Washington State Senator Jamie Pedersen pre-filed a bill to legalize human composting, also known as “recomposition…”

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