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Recompose, PBC

WA USA
#CleanTech #Sustainability #WomanFounder #PublicBenefit/BCorp
*Recompose is accepting 506c investments from accredited investors only.

Death – though heart-wrenching – can be beautiful. Its rituals can be meaningful, and disposition of the body can be simple, gentle, and natural. The Recompose model is an antidote to the existing funeral industry, offering an authentic, participatory experience for families and a natural return to the earth for the dead. 

At the heart of the Recompose model is a system that gently converts bodies into soil. By creating the right environment for naturally-occurring microbes to thrive, we accelerate natural decomposition.

The concept of turning our deceased into soil is both completely practical and deeply moving. It asks us to reconsider our relationship with the dead and to allow them to be productive one last time. It recognizes the inherent need all humans share to connect with nature, especially as we die or experience the death of a loved one. 
$2,014,222 funds received
of $6,750,000 maximum target
$6.75M minimum
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Investment Summary

Preferred Stock

Minimum Investment: 100,000

*See Offering section below for disclosures

Offering

Equity

Mission

To provide regenerative, climate-beneficial death care practices.

Proceeds from the offering will be used for capital expenditures and working capital related to the opening of Recompose|SEATTLE and to finance our future growth and expansion, as further described herein.

 

Investment Perks

Key Facts & Financials

  • Reimagine our relationship with death
  • Create a framework for ritual
  • Decrease the amount of arable land used for cemeteries
  • Reduce toxic materials buried in the earth
  • Reduce greenhouse gasses produced by current funeral practices
  • Save over one metric ton of carbon per person
  • Create healthy soils
  • Bring intention and transparency to the end-of-life
  • Strengthen human interconnection

Recompose, PBC Story

It is a great honor to work within the field of death care, and we are incredibly proud of the work we have done so far. We have designed a new way to care for our bodies after we die and a new experience for the families and friends who will grieve for us when we do. We have demonstrated the safety and ecological benefits of this method and have shown that a passionate market exists for it. And we have changed policy in Washington State to allow people to be choose this new option: to give back with our last gesture on earth.

The Founders

Katrina Spade

Founder + CEO

Katrina has been an entrepreneur and designer since 2002. She has over 17 years of experience 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. In 2014, she founded the 501c3 Urban Death Project to bring attention to the problem of a toxic, dis-empowering funeral industry. In 2017, she founded Recompose, a Public Benefit Corporation.
Katrina has a BA in Anthropology from Haverford College and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been featured in the Guardian, NPR, Wired, Fast Company, and the NYTimes. She is an Echoing Green Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow.

The Team

Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, PhD

Research Advisor

Lynne is a Professor of Sustainable and Organic Agriculture at Washington State University. Her primary areas of research and teaching are biologically intensive and organic farming systems, and beneficial plant-soil-microbial interactions. Because science and society evolve through collaboration, she also works with a broad array of scientists and farmers to understand and improve the carbon footprint of farming, nutritional quality of crops, soil health, and many other aspects of sustainability. In addition to her work in the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest of the US, she has conducted research and extension in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Alan Maskin

Architecture + Design

Alan is an owner and principal of Olson Kundig – an award winning, Seattle-based design firm. For over two decades he has focused on the design of museums, installations and exhibition projects including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, Microsoft Cybercrime Center, The Frye Art Museum, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.
Maskin’s work has been recognized by regional, national and international award programs, including several awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Alliance of Museums Media & Technology MUSE Award for Interpretive Interactive Installations, a SEGD Global Design Award, Northwest Design Award for Best in Commercial Design and he was a NIAUSI Fellowship winner.

Angela Hennessy

Ritual + Cultural Practices

Angela is a Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death. Angela volunteers with hospice and works with families on home funerals, death vigils, and grief rituals. She is certified in the Grief Recovery Method and has trained with Final Passages and the International End of Life Doula Association.

Alua Arthur

End of Life Planning

Alua Arthur is a death doula, attorney, and the founder of Going with Grace, an end of life planning organization that exists to support people as they answer the question 'What must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may live presently and die peacefully?' From private end of life consultations and public education about death to online coursework to train death doulas, she is tirelessly committed to bringing awareness to death and dying which she believes can inspire the way people live. A jewelry addict, Alua is also a life lover, bicycle fanatic, and developing nation enthusiast. She is inspired by LIFE, the little joys we can find even in dark times, the freedom of authenticity, and the power in the word YES.

Tanya Marsh

Legal Strategy

Tanya is a Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. A graduate of Indiana University and Harvard Law School, she is a licensed attorney in the State of Indiana and a licensed funeral director in the State of California. Tanya teaches courses in property and real estate transactions, as well as the only course in a U.S. law school on funeral and cemetery law. She clerked for the Indiana Supreme Court and practiced commercial real estate and corporate law before joining the Wake Forest faculty in 2010.
Tanya has been called "our nation's foremost academic scholar on the law of cemeteries and human remains" and is the author of The Law of Human Remains (2015) and the co-author of the first casebook on Cemetery Law (2015). She is the creator of The Funeral Law Blog and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.

Caitlin Doughty

Alternative Funeral Practices

Caitlin is a licensed mortician in California. She founded the Order of the Good Death in 2011 with the goal of bringing the realistic discussion of death back into popular culture. Caitlin’s webseries “Ask a Mortician” and the Order website have led to features on National Public Radio, BBC, the Huffington Post, Vice, the LA Times, The Atlantic, Forbes, and Salon. She also co-founded the public engagement series Death Salon.
Her first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, is a New York Times Bestseller. Her second book, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, was published in 2017.

Leslie Christian

Organizational Strategy

Leslie Christian has been a leader in social and environmental business for more than 25 years. After spending the first part of her career in banking and on Wall Street, she became passionate about using finance for the benefit of all stakeholders and went on to serve as President and CEO of Portfolio 21 Investments. During her 17 years at Portfolio 21, Leslie co-founded the firm’s pioneering environmental mutual fund as well as Upstream 21, a uniquely-chartered regional holding company for socially and environmentally responsible businesses. In 1993 Leslie co-founded with her colleague and friend Linda Pei the Women's Equity Mutual Fund (now part of Pax World).
Her first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, is a New York Times Bestseller. Her second book, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, was published in 2017.

Troy Hottle, PhD

Life Cycle Assessment

Troy is a Senior Environmental Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment Analyst at Eastern Research Group, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering from Arizona State University. Troy has worked on the application of life cycle assessment to evaluate and inform important topics to gain new insights for a sustainable future.
Previously, Troy was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also served as a Project Drawdown Fellow, conducting research and coauthoring the New York Times Bestseller, Drawdown.

Erik Bondo

Project Management

Erik leads the testing and improvements of the vessel system. Erik has been involved as an advisor and consultant since 2017, and he strongly believes that Recompose can change the world for the better.

Vicki Christophersen

Public Affairs

Vicki has provided effective and comprehensive representation at the state legislative, executive and agency levels for a diverse client base since 1998. Some of her past and current work includes supporting the Association of Spirits and Wine Distributors, Merck, Life Center Northwest Organ Donor Network, Pediatrix Medical Group, Northwest Kidney Centers, Washington Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, Washington Refuse and Recycling Association, Stand for Children and WGU Washington. Her professional reputation and track record as an advocate and valued colleague have enabled Vicki to work effectively with both sides of the aisle to achieve results for her clients.

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Offering Details:

  • 6,750,000 total raise
  • preferred equity with dividend
  • accredited investors only
  • $100,000 minimum

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