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Plastic-free shopping and green energy are no longer the end of the story. For the environmentally-conscious among us, even death can be sustainable.

We’ve seen coffins made from mushrooms; now in the US, a pioneering human-composting funeral home has opened its doors for the first time.

The process, which transforms the corpse into fresh mineral-bearing soil, begins in a steel capsule on a bed of wood chips, alfalfa and straw.

At the right temperature it’s a paradise for microbes and bacteria which break the body down within 30 days.

Decomposition complete, the nutritious soil serves as a new home for flowers and trees.

The circle of life!

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