Why human composting is a sustainable burial method | Katrina Spade

2023 ⸱ 

Katrina Spade


Katrina Spade, inventor of human composting, shares how she brought body composting to the world and why it is a sustainable alternative to conventional death care.

About the speaker(s)

Katrina Spade is founder and CEO of Recompose, a public benefit corporation based in Seattle and the world’s first human composting company. She has been an entrepreneur and designer since 2002, utilizing her skills in project management, finance, and architecture, with a focus on human-centered, ecological solutions. While earning her Masters of Architecture, Katrina invented a system to transform the dead into soil, which is now patent-pending. She has been featured in the Guardian, NPR, Wired, Fast Company, and the NYTimes. She is an Echoing Green Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow, and a Visiting Social Innovator at Harvard Kennedy School.

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