How To Become Dirt

The innovation is not being presented as an example of eco art. It is not even associated with art, and its inventor probably never heard of Jae Rhim Lee's decompoculture burial suit, yet it carries all the hallmarks of today's ventures into creative thinking about death as an opportunity for environmental enhancements.

This innovation is a process called promession. It adds yet another alternative to methods that are available to every living human for disposing of itself when he or she becomes a corpse. This one is ideal for the ecologically minded supervillain.

Devised by Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, who is trained as a biologist and has a personal passion for gardening. Her innovation is the culmination of a 20 years of R & D. Promession is an elaborate decomposition system that takes a body, freezes it, vibrates it to dust, and dehydrates it. It can then be used as a fertile and sanitary growing medium.


The promession process consists of five distinct parts.

1. The body is removed from the coffin it lay in during the funeral services and placed into the fully-automated “Promator” machine, which processes the corpse.

2. The body is cryogenically frozen to a temperature of -321 degrees Farheneit

3.The Promator shakes the frozen body into millimeter-sized chunks, reducing the body to fine particles of matter.

4. The pile of remains is freeze dried to remove any liquid.

5. Any metals from the corpse are removed, such as from a tooth filling or prosthetic.

6. These remains are placed in a biodegradable container made of corn or potato starch which is buried in a shallow grave where it sits from six to 18 months. During this time the remains have turned into fresh new soil, and the cycle of life/death/life/death can continue. See a proposal video for the whole process below.

The company has even started a support group called “Promessa Friends” to get the word out and drum up support. Will you join? Information