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A new way to go How would you like to get to the next world: burial, cremation, or alkaline hydrolysis?
posted by gimonca (8 comments total)
Excluding the bones and teeth, the remains are converted into an EPA-safe liquid solution of amino acids, sugars and soap that can be released into the sewer system or used as fertilizer or compost.

I want to be made into soap bars! Just like Fight Club.

Seriously. Ew.
posted by jopreacher at 11:30 AM on July 30, 2003

good catch - i had just posted this on my personal blog and was coming here when I saw it as an FPP. I thought this was fascinating, especially the part about the "human" remains yard or whatever they're calling it. I can't wait till this rolls out to the rest of the country...
posted by djspicerack at 11:30 AM on July 30, 2003

The Medium Capacity Tissue Digester. The perfect size for ponies!

seriously. look at the description.
posted by grabbingsand at 11:36 AM on July 30, 2003

Personally, I would prefer that my body be processed into pellets and fed to fish or birds or something. Wasting all of these nutrients and calories would just be so decadent.
posted by yesster at 11:40 AM on July 30, 2003

"Ashes to Ashes,
and Dust to Dust, Son.
Get where you're going
with Internal Combustion."

--sign on the establishment of Mr Claude Clay, Undertaker,
in the comic strip 'Tumbleweeds', by TK Ryan.
posted by kablam at 11:51 AM on July 30, 2003

Sky burial.
posted by homunculus at 12:00 PM on July 30, 2003

"Alkaline hydrolysis" digesters at $100k a pop! ---- am I ever in the wrong business. Five bucks for the big bag of lye, a big old garbage bag, and we're ready to go, baby! Hm. We'll need a pit for "aging", a bit of pH paper and some vinegar to neutralize. I figure $10/body, tops, plus a few hours at minimum wage for shovelers. The disposal problem is taken care of, neutrilized waste is legal for the sanitary sewer, or we could sell it as farm fertilizer.

That's the technical side covered. Who wants to write the business plan?
posted by bonehead at 12:20 PM on July 30, 2003

Looks like Victor the cleaner might have a chance to go legit, assuming he gets better at telling the live and dead ones apart.
posted by jester at 2:59 PM on July 30, 2003

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