Return Home, a groundbreaking company that offers an eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial and cremation methods, made a memorable appearance on episode 2 of season 15. Founded by Micah Truman and his mother, Lexi, the company has been at the forefront of the human composting movement, a process they refer to as “Terramation.” As of 2023, Return Home is worth an estimated $4 million. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to get a deal due to their insane valuation.
What Does the Company Do?
Return Home’s mission is to provide a sustainable and green alternative to burial or cremation. Their unique process transforms human remains into fertile soil in a span of 60 to 90 days, using 90% less energy than cremation. The body is prepared, adorned in a biodegradable gown, and placed in a vessel with straw, alfalfa, and sawdust.
Families have the option to add personal notes or flowers to the vessel. Over time, the body naturally decomposes and turns into usable soil, which families can then use to create a memorial garden or scatter in a dedicated woodland area.
Journey to Shark Tank
The idea for Return Home was sparked after the legalization of Terramation in Washington. Micah, along with his mother Lexi, delved deep into the intricacies of human composting, collaborating with soil scientists, HVAC specialists, engineers, funeral directors, and embalmers.
The company was officially launched in June 2021, with Micah Truman as the CEO. They embarked on a mission to spread awareness about their unique venture, visiting various associations and meetings, and emphasizing their transparent funeral services.
After Shark Tank
Following their appearance on Shark Tank, Return Home gained significant attention and curiosity. They have since become one of the top three companies in the human composting business in Washington. The company has also presented at various conventions, including the National Funeral Directors Association Annual Convention.
Their Auburn, WA Terramation Center, the world’s first large-scale human composting facility, boasts 74 custom-designed vessels. The company’s commitment to transparency is evident, as they allow families to visit their loved ones during the Terramation process and offer in-person laying-in ceremonies.
Before their Shark Tank, they had previously raised $675,911.30 on StartEngine to help build out their facility. While exact post-Shark Tank sales figures are not publicly available, the company’s innovative approach and popularity suggest a positive trajectory.
You can learn more about Return Home’s services by visiting their website, returnhome.com. They cater to families in 49 U.S. states and all of Canada. The company has received positive feedback for its ethical, and sustainable practices, as well as its dedication to providing a meaningful end-of-life experience.