An alkaline hydrolysis machine at UCLA’s Donated Body Program laboratory. | Dean Fisher/UCLA
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Liquid Cremation May Be the Best Way to Sustainably Dispose of Corpses

California legislators are considering a bill that would allow state funeral homes to start dissolving bodies in a chemical bath by 2020.

Published On 08/11/2017
12:00 PM EDT
D D eath is becoming more eco-friendly. For a long time, after you or a loved one had passed, a simple choice had to me made: burial or fire cremation? Lately, the menu of services has expanded, and the focus has been on how we can impact the environment even after our last breath. What would you say to being made into a coral reef after you die, or turning into compost within the forest floor, or using a mushroom body suit to strip your decomposing body of toxins?