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Katrina Spade

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Ep 73 |From Dust to Dust...or to Soil: Katrina Spade and the Recompose Vision for an Eco-Friendlier Death Industry

Business for Good Podcast

Whether we like it or not, one fact of modern living is that every day we’re creating greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution. But should our final act on the earthly stage also necessitate one last pollutive hurrah?  Katrina Spade is on a mission to offer a better way to deal with human corpses, and it involves a process called natural organic reduction. It’s essentially a fancy way of saying she’s invented a method of accelerated composting for your body. Rather than cremating your corpse, which involves substantial pollution, and rather than burial, which typically means sealing your body off from nature with concrete liners, hermetically sealed caskets, preservatives in your body, and more, Katrina wants to turn your body into healthy, rich soil, within just one month. After founding Recompose, Katrina helped change laws in three states now (Washington, Oregon, and Colorado) to allow her method, and has already opened an operational human composting facility in Seattle. In addition to dozens of composts completed, they have nearly 1,000 paying customers who’ve already pre-ordered their own composting, just in the same way you might pre-order a plot in a cemetery.  So far Recompose has raised about $12 million from investors (including author Margaret Atwood!) and is just getting started in their effort to empower you to give nutrients back to the planet when you’re done with your body.


1 Sep 2021

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#248 Recompose with Katrina Spade

Undertaking: The Podcast

Katrina Spade, founder and CEO of Recompose, joins the show to discuss the journey into natural organic reduction and how Recompose works. To learn more about Recompose visit: https://recompose.life/ To learn more about Undertaking: The Podcast visit: https://www.undertakingthepodcast.com/


21 May 2021

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'Recompose' and the Future of Green Burial with Katrina Spade

When You Die

Katrina Spade is popularizing the idea of 'Recomposition', a green burial method that converts human remains into soil. It's among the most promising eco-friendly options that may be available in the near future. She discusses this unorthodox alternative to cremation and how it's rise could change our approach to saying goodbye.


8 Mar 2019

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Katrina Spade, Body Composting and the West Virgina Teacher's Strike

The Earth Wants YOU!

This week on The Earth Wants YOU!The West Virginia Teacher's strike! 1.5 million penguins are found in the Antartic, Katrina Spade comes in to talk about body composting and environmentally friendly ways of getting rid of corpses. Savitri and Billy discuss dreams and Billy reads a tweet.


6 Mar 2018

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Death By Design

Today we talk with Katrina Spade.  She is an architect with a passion to redesign death care.  Today we learn about the Urban Death Project. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


25 May 2017

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002: Sustainable Burial Practices with Katrina Spade of the Urban Death Project

A Sustainable Mind - environment & sustainability podcast

After being disappointed with the options available for non-traditional burial Katrina Spade sought out ways to lay your loved ones to rest without wasting burial materials or contaminating the soil. With a background in architecture and anthropology she came up with the idea for The Urban Death Project for which she has received an Echoing Green Fellowship.   Longstanding Habits Jogging, to increase clarity Cultivating New Habits Downtime with friends and family Environmental Resource Yestermorrow Design/Build School offers hands-on workshops in sustainable design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft. Sustainable Mindset Book The World Without Us by Alan Weisman


13 Sep 2015