Now you really can be a tree… when you’re six feet under. It might not seem so, but two Italian designers are being ‘dead’ serious about their idea of a perfect eco-friendly circle of life.
Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have created a biodegradable burial pod that transforms your earthly remains into a tree through natural decomposition. As traditional burials practices leach toxic chemicals from the embalming process into the air and cremation releases noxious chemicals into the atmosphere, the pair designed Capsula Mundi ‘death pods’ to provide an afterlife of eco-consciousness – even when you are unconscious.
Made of biodegradable natural starch plastic, the potato-shaped pods are buried as a seed in the earth. Over time, they break down and feed the beech or birch tree planted on top. Whether buried in the foetal position, or interred as ash, the microbes and nutrients from the departed within feed the new organism.
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