Human Composting Services New Mexico

Return Home is proud to offer human composting services to New Mexico residents; as well as citizens of the United States and Canada. We’ve put together this page to detail what human composting is, the steps involved and the status of human composting approval in your specific state.

What is Human Composting

Human composting, sometimes called natural organic reduction or Terramation, is the process of gradually transforming human remains into soil that encourages the creation of new life. Many consider it to be the greenest available alternative to cremation and burial. If you intend to pursue human composting for your end-of-life care, consider the services at Return Home. We offer the most thorough, considerate, and open human composting service on the market.

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Is Human Composting Legal in
New Mexico?

Human composting is currently illegal in New Mexico. However, the team at Return Home can still lawfully assist families who wish to pursue the services for their advanced planning needs — and will be happy to do so from our primary location in Auburn, WA. Learn more about where human composting is allowed by using the map below.

Current Status of NOR Legislation in
New Mexico

Status: Referred To Commitee

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More Information About New Mexico Human Composting

Terramation, often called natural organic reduction or human composting, is defined as the process of transformation that occurs when human remains decompose into usable soil. We have perfected the scientific process of Terramation, shortening the decomposition window to just 60 to 90 days. The first step in the procedure is to place the remains inside a container, along with organic materials such as sawdust, alfalfa and straw. This mixture jump-starts the Terramation process, hastening the breakdown activity and shortening the process. At the conclusion of the process, families can take the soil — or they can choose to donate the remains to our Woodland property, where it will be used to foster new local plant growth. 

Terramation, by definition, is a passive process; despite the microbial activity that’s used to complete it. It’s also a more environmentally-conscious alternative to cremation, as any carbon produced is retained in the soil — making it more nutrient-rich than other competitors, and keeping it out of the atmosphere, where it otherwise would be.

Terramated remains equate to 1 cubic yard of fresh soil per decedent. This soil is human-safe and can be scattered freely, just as ashes can be. Families can choose to use this soil anywhere that they normally would, including in their gardens and house plants. 

If you’re considering Terramation services, know that there are plenty of local funeral homes in New Mexico that can support you. You can choose to work with a family funeral home of your choice, or you can ask that we connect you with any one of our vetted and trusted network partners. It’s our pleasure to serve you. 

As you continue your future planning process, be sure to do as much research as you can into each method. Some options may not be as ethical or sustainable as they claim to be. Take, for example, cremation and burial. 

Many believe that cremation is a green substitute for burial, although this isn’t really true. Each cremation uses 30 gallons of fuel to complete, releasing an average of 500+ pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. This alone can have negative impacts on the environment — and that’s only the listed effects of a single cremation. About two million cremations occur per year in the United States alone. 

Burial isn’t sustainable, either. The practice consumes over 64,000 tons of steel per year, as well as 1.6 million tons of concrete, and 17,000 tons of copper and bronze. These materials are used for the construction of coffins, vaults and containers, and continue to have environmental effects long after use. For example: An untold amount of chemicals and heavy metals are leached into the earth long after the decedent is buried, affecting us for generations to come. 

Human composting (also known as Terramation or natural organic reduction), continues to stand out as the most sustainable, responsible and ethical burial alternative on the market today. At Return Home, we work to empower families with care they can trust — ensuring that they have total peace of mind when it comes to their future planning arrangements. Please connect with us at returnhome.com/idratherbecompost if you’re considering human composting services. We’d love to help.