Katrina Spade at The Pacific Science Center
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Katrina Spade at The Pacific Science Center
Credit: KUOW Photo/Sonya Harris

Human composting: An environmental ending that's gaining ground

When your days are done, do you want to be cremated or buried in a coffin six feet under? Both of these popular options have adverse environmental impacts.

Katrina Spade wants us to consider a third option. She’s the founder and CEO of Recompose, a company focused on the “contained, accelerated conversion of human remains to soil.”


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This episode of Speakers Forum is part of KUOW’s ongoing partnership with the Pacific Science Center in their Science in the City series.

Katrina Spade gave this talk,“Recompose: Innovation in Death Care," at The PACCAR IMAX Theater on August 20. KUOW’s Sonya Harris recorded the event.

Come back next month for another Science in the City episode: "One Doctor, Two Million Patients: Mental Health Care in Sub-Saharan Africa."