Human Composting Services Idaho

Considering human composting services in Idaho? We’re happy to help. Return Home offers human composting services near you, as well as across all fifty United States and Canada. We’re pleased to serve Idaho residents with their needs related to ethical and environmentally-friendly end-of-life care. Read on to learn more about the process of human composting and your state’s human composting legislative approval status.

What is Human Composting

Human composting is commonly known as Terramation or natural organic reduction. No matter which term you use, however, the definition is the same. Human composting steps transform human remains into nutrient-rich soil that facilitates new life. Many experts believe that it is a greener alternative to other traditional end-of-life options, such as burial or cremation. If you’re considering Terramation for your end-of-life needs, we encourage you to do your research. That way, you wind up with the best possible solution for your unique needs. Return Home is proud to lead the industry in reputable and supportive Terramation services.

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Is Human Composting Legal in Idaho?

Idaho, at the time of this publication, has not legalized human composting. However, the team at Return Home can still legally support Idaho residents and residents from across the United States and Canada through our facility in Auburn, WA. We’re proud to state that we have helped families across a fifth of the United States so far, and that number continues to grow. See the map on this page to learn more about where Terramation is legal, and where the status of Terramation approval falls for your state.

Current Status of NOR Legislation in Idaho

Status: Referred To Commitee

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More Information About Idaho Human Composting

Human composting, also known as Terramation or natural organic reduction, occurs when a body transforms from its original state into human-safe soil. Return Home has taken the time required to perfect and refine this process, enabling the process to be completed in just 60 to 90 days from the start. To begin, the decedent is placed into a natural container that is lined with organic matter (such as sawdust and alfalfa plants). This mixture allows the Terramation process to begin effectively, hastening the transformation process. Soil, once ready, is then given to the family to keep. They may choose to donate some to our acreage in Kent, WA if they so choose. 

By definition, Terramation is a passive end-of-life process that relies on organic materials and steps to complete. It is considered by many to be a conservatory process, as carbon and other valuable compounds are kept contained in the soil rather than sent to the atmosphere — as we’d see in cremation. This means that people can use them safely in plants or lawns on their properties, or they can choose to scatter them as they would ashes. The soil supports new life and is entirely human-safe for regular use. 

On average, human composting creates about a cubic yard of fresh compost per cycle — making it an accessible amount of soil for many to use as a garden or house plant amendment. If a family chooses not to take the entire amount of soil with them, they can choose to donate it to our rolling Woodland property in Kent, WA — helping to support the local ecologic profile at that location. 

Return Home is proud to partner with local Idaho funeral homes to make the Terramation process more accessible to you. You can choose to work with your family’s preferred choice of funeral home to begin the human composting process, or you can ask about our extensive network of professionally vetted, approved funeral home partners. In either case, we’re happy to assist you. 

Comparing Terramation to cremation? Terramation comes out on top when it comes to responsible, “green” end-of-life resolution methods. In a single, average cremation, about 30 gallons of fuel are used, and about 530 pounds of CO2 go out into our sensitive atmosphere. Multiply this by the nearly two million cremations that occur annually, and you’ll find that environmental strain can accrue quickly. 

Burial is not a preferred solution for many, either. Burials cost the earth about 20 million board feet of natural hardwoods, 17,000 tons of copper and bronze, and 64,500 tons of steel per year…and that doesn’t even count the millions of gallons of embalming fluid or the 1.6 million tons of concrete needed to create the vaults and other burial elements. 

If you’re considering greener alternatives for your end-of-life care, we want to help. Return Home works to connect families to accessible, supported and transparent end-of-life care that they can count on. Visit us at returnhome.com/idratherbecompost to learn more.