Human Composting in California
Human composting is an environmentally-friendly funeral option that is available in a growing number of states in the US.
California residents interested in human composting can find everything they need to know about the process on this page.
What is human composting?
Human composting is an environmentally-friendly alternative to cremation and traditional burial, which is also known as body composting, natural organic reduction or soil transformation. Over a 45-day process, a body is gently transformed into nutrient-rich soil.
Families choose how much soil they’d like returned - to scatter or plant - and the remainder is sent to local conservation sites where it’s used for land restoration projects, such as reforestation and growing trees. The process returns the nutrients in our bodies to the natural world, and helps protect the planet for future generations.
Learn more about human composting, the process, and the environmental benefits
Is human composting legal in California?
California passed legislation to legalize human composting in 2022.
Currently, human composting is legal in Washington, Oregon, Vermont, Colorado and New York. Bills are progressing in a number of other states. For a full and up-to-date breakdown of the legal status in different states, check our legislation tracker.
How can I choose human composting as a California resident?
At Earth, we’re working hard to bring human composting to a location near you.
Becoming an Earth Founding Member allows you to choose our soil transformation process for yourself, receive $500 off an Earth Prepaid plan when we launch in California, and helps us to prioritize our expansion.
We appreciate your support as we bring natural organic reduction nationwide.Become a member
The Earth™ Difference
Our process is carbon neutral versus the 535 lbs of CO2 produced by the average cremation (equivalent to a 600+ mile car journey).
Make arrangements in less than 15 minutes, manage everything online with the Earth Portal, and share obituaries with family and friends.
Our care team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We update you at each stage of the process via email, SMS or via our online Portal.
We own and operate the world’s most advanced soil transformation facilities. Designed in conjunction with leading sustainable architects, our facilities use 100% renewable energy and provide a calm and tranquil setting for the soil transformation process.Tour our facility online
Unique final resting places
Each soil transformation process produces an approximate cubic yard of soil. Choose how much soil you’d like returned and send the remaining soil to our local conservation sites for land restoration projects.Become a member
Become a Member today
Complete our Membership form online. The entire process takes less than 5 minutes.
We send you your final wishes paperwork, Membership card, and limited edition Earth socks.
You'll be the first to know when we launch in California. Use your unique code to claim $500 off your Earth Prepaid plan.