California is now allowing human composting.
The Guardian says the state is the fifth in the Country to legalize the environmentally friendly process that allows for natural reduction of human remains to soil.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill allowing human composting on Sunday.
Cremation, which accounts for more than half of burials, is an energy-intensive process that emits chemicals such as CO2 into the air, but through human composting, or natural organic reduction (NOR), the body is naturally broken down into soil.
The process involves placing the deceased in an eight foot long steel box with biodegradable materials such as wood chips and flowers. After 30 to 60 days, the body breaks down into soil that can be returned to relatives.
People have planted trees and flowers, or spread soil into the ocean.
Composting runs about $5,000 to $7,000, compared with the median price of $7,225 for casket burials and $6,028 for cremation in California.