Washington just became to first state to allow the composting of human bodies. The law “allows licensed facilities to offer ‘natural organic reduction,’ which turns a body, mixed with substances such as wood chips and straw, into about two wheelbarrows’ worth of soil in a span of several weeks. Loved ones are allowed to keep the soil to spread, just as they might spread the ashes of someone who has been cremated — or even use it to plant vegetables or a tree.” (This gives new meaning to soiling oneself.) I suppose composting is as good an end as any. But I’m still hoping to be recycled.