Katrina Spade, who lowered her mask a moment for a portrait, is founder and CEO of Recompose, the natural organic reduction (or human composting) funeral home in Kent. Spade stands in front of part of a large array of the “vessels,” eight of which are currently holding bodies for 30 days during the process. In the foreground is a “cradle,” prepared as a demonstration without a body, which would be under a shroud and plant material. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Katrina Spade behind a “cradle,” prepared as a demonstration without a body, which would be under a shroud and plant material. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
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Recompose, the first human-composting funeral home in the U.S., is now open for business

After five years of research and development, Recompose, the company founded by Seattle resident Katrina Spade that gives people the option of choosing natural organic reduction — otherwise known as human composting — as an alternative to burials and cremation, opened in December in Kent.

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