Human Composting Services Alabama

Return Home provides Human composting services (a.k.a Terramation) to Alabama residents and thousands of others across all 50 U.S. states. We also serve customers across the Canadian regions. Learn more about the process and legislative status of Terramation for Alabama residents on this page.

What is Human Composting

Human composting (also known as natural organic reduction or Terramation to some) transforms human remains into nutrient-rich soil that can be safely used for the growth of a range of plants. Many consider Terramation a greener alternative to traditional cremation or burial services, providing a way for the deceased to “give back” to the earth.

We do want to encourage you to be cautious as you search for the Alabama human composing service of your choice. Quality is key for a seamless Terramation process. Considering Return Home for your composting experience? We’re proud to be the most transparent, ethical and comprehensive human composing service on the market. Read on to learn more about how you can benefit when you choose Return Home for your natural organic reduction services.

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Is Human Composting Legal in Alabama?

Unfortunately, human composting processes aren’t currently allowed in Alabama. However, we are pleased to legally and ethically service Alabama residents and other residents of all 50 states from our Auburn, WA location. Please take a look at our map below to find your nearest natural organic reduction center, and learn more about your state-specific legislation around the Terramation process.

Current Status of NOR Legislation in Alabama

Status: Referred To Commitee

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More Information About Alabama Human Composting

Human composting is a safe, ethical and natural way to return human remains into life-giving compounds. The process can be successfully completed in 60-90 days’ time. To start, the decedent will be placed in an environmentally friendly vessel and placed in a bed of organic matter. Common additions to the organic blend include straw, sawdust and greenery; which prompts decomposition microbes to become more active. This accelerates the Terramation process. Once the soil transformation is complete, it will be given back to the family members — with a select amount donated to our exclusive Woodland property at no charge to you. 

While the end result is an active, thriving soil that can facilitate growth and life, Terramation is considered a passive process. It’s fueled by the natural decomposition process (which requires airflow, moisture and organic compounds) and is controlled to be as safe and ethical as possible. All decomposition elements are kept to the soil sample rather than released into the atmosphere, as you’d see with cremation—offering a greener alternative to traditional end-of-life options. Your Terramation soil can also be spread anywhere that ashes can, allowing you to use them as you see fit to fulfill your loved one’s last wishes. 

The natural organic reduction (or Terramation) process generally creates 1 cubic yard of soil that can be safely used in the garden or your yard. Families who opt not to take the full amount of soil home can safely donate it to our Woodland property, located in the town of Kent, WA. The soil will go toward the revitalization of local flora and fauna, supporting a greener, more beautiful tomorrow. 

Return Home is proud to support regional funeral centers around the nation, offering convenient and affordable Terramation services in Alabama and all 50 U.S. states. Customers can choose to use a legacy funeral home to arrange services, or we can connect you to reputable and respected funeral centers near you that have been cleared and evaluated by our experts. The choice is yours. 

Many believe that human composting (or, Terramation) offers the greatest environmental benefits compared to other end-of-life options. Cremation is not as green as many may think—as the practice averages a release of 530 pounds of CO2 per cremation. At a rate of 2 million cremations per year, on average, this can cause great environmental strain over time. 

Burial can be equally as harmful, averaging enough steel to build the Golden Gate Bridge in a single year. Additionally, around 4.3 million gallons of embalming fluid and 17,000 tons of copper and bronze are consumed by the industry annually—and that’s not even counting the heavy metals that are taken into the soil via manmade vaults and burial coffins. This leaches into the soil over time, compromising the quality of life and safety of the surrounding area for an extended period of time. 

At Return Home, we work to connect families with the end-of-life support they deserve. If you’re considering ethical, transparent and conscientious human composting services, you’re in the right place. Visit us today at returnhome.com/idratherbecompost if you’re interested in Terramation (or natural organic reduction methods) and services. It’s our pleasure to support you.