Portland, Oregon 2021-06-15 20:09:19 –
Portland, Oregon (KOIN) —Oregon is one step closer to allowing people to turn their bodies into soil after they die.
The state through which the Senate passed House building 2574 The bill legalizes what is called natural organic reduction, or what is called human composting. It also clarifies the rules surrounding alkaline hydrolysis known as aqua cremation.
The bill is currently awaiting the signature of Governor Kate Brown.
Pammarsh, who co-sponsored the bill with Blaine Krem, in District 5 of Southern Jackson County, said he was excited to hear the news that the bill had passed the Senate. She said she decided to sponsor the bill first because members of her area were interested in alternative post-mortem options.
“My colleagues not only offered the family a choice, but also understood that it was a business opportunity,” she said.
Owner of Elizabeth Frunier, Cornerstone funeral service With ore boring “Green Burial Guidebook” We have already found a business opportunity for natural organic reduction. Her funeral, which specializes in “green” and environmentally friendly post-mortem services, has given clients the option of natural organic redox since it was legalized in Washington in 2020.
Furnier carries the body to Harland Forest in Wahkiacus, Washington. A natural burial ground about 100 miles east of Portland, it has a natural organic redox reaction.
In 2020, Fournier witnessed her first natural organic reduction and said it was a spectacular experience.
“We put this person in the cradle. We went ahead and processed the process. That day, when I got home, went down the beautiful river, crossed the river, and arrived in Oregon, it was I thought it was pretty special, “she said.
She said it was more comfortable to talk to clients about the option by looking at her own process.
“That was really great. People were excited about it and said,” That is, I took the soil home and went out to Vern’s garden in the backyard with all his plants and his You can make plants. With this juicy goodness, a more gorgeous and gorgeous shrub? “And the answer is yes,” she said.
As the potential for organic redox in nature looks like Oregon’s reality, Fournier is excited to see what’s to come and share her knowledge with other funeral directors throughout the state.
If the law is signed, HB2574 could also bring new business to the state. ReconstructionOne of Washington’s pioneering human compost manufacturers said it plans to open a location in Oregon within the next few years. The company has been advocating a House bill as it passes the bill.
Oregon’s cremation rate is 74.3%, and Recompose hopes that natural organic redox options will help the state reduce fossil fuels and CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere as a result of cremation. Says. According to the company, natural organic reduction uses one-eighth of the energy of cremation.
The company also states that more than 700 Oregons are enrolled in the email newsletter, indicating their interest in human composting in the state.
Marsh knows that planning his funeral or planning a posthumous plan for his loved one can be a daunting task, but it gives peace of mind by considering options and making decisions. Said that you can.
“These are difficult decisions, but when we can go through the process and make choices that feel consistent with who we are, what we want, and how we want to be remembered. It’s a really important experience, “she said. ..
Fournier hopes that having an out-of-the-box natural organic redox option in Oregon will be a desirable option for many.
“This is Oregon! People love parks, love paths, love nature, love compost, love the idea that someone can become a tree … that their remains are absolutely beneficial to the environment. Knowing is really thrilling for people, “she said. ..
As long as the governor signs the bill, the state plans to enact rules on natural organic redox facilities by 2022. If signed, Oregon will be the third state to allow human composting. Colorado legalized the process in May 2021. Oregon law will come into effect on July 1, 2022.
At the State Capitol, three representatives, Raquel Moore Green, Mark Owens, and Sae Yamamoto Weber, voted against the bill. KOIN News has contacted these three representatives asking their thoughts on the bill. There was no response before the deadline.
In the state legislature, Dallas Hard was the only person to vote against. He said it wasn’t for the benefit of the bill. He said he is currently voting against all bills until Oregon reopens the state capitol.
KOIN 6 News also asked Governor Brown’s office if she had a time or plan to sign HB 2574, but did not receive a response by the deadline.
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