by Michael dEstries
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The above is really one of the stranger titles we’ve carried here on the Razz — but folks, it’s true!

New dad Matthew McConaughey is planning to follow a ritual common in some cultures of planting the placenta of a new born. The idea is that the tree is a constant reminder of the child’s life on this planet — growing year by year right along with the newborn. McConaughey, whose girlfriend Camila Alves gave birth to their son Levi in July, saved the placenta after becoming inspired to do so after a trip to Australia.

“When I was in Australia, they had a placenta tree that was on the river … and all the placentas of all that tribe, all that clan, whatever aboriginal tribe that was, all the placentas went under that one tree and it was this huge behemoth of just health and strength,” the actor said in an interview.

Interested in planting your own placenta tree? Well, there are instructions hereand a video here.

I’m going out on a “limb” here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if McConaughey will one day opt for a green burial as well. Besides Rachel McAdams, Woody Harrelson, or Ed Begley Jr., he’s the only celebrity I can seriously see saying “screw it” to the modern cemetery and throwing a tree over his body.

via babble

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • RAIN-RA

    WAK JOB … don’t like this guy ….. booo.

  • http://www.eco-chick.com Starre Vartan

    I’ve heard of this many times before and two of my friends did it. I think it’s a lovely way of honoring the mother’s body- the placenta nourished your child for nine months and then it gets thrown in the trash can? What a waste. Many traditional cultures do this and I’m actually impressed with Matt- he seems like a pretty silly guy most of the time.

  • http://jerseygirlgenius.typepad.com/musings/ jersey.girl.genius

    Damn, Mac! Can’t you just buy a Prius? Must you always “one up” all of the celebrity greenies? Where will that leave sensitive greenies like Sting? Bono? Dave Matthews? They’ll now be forced to BUY the orchard, donate it to a nonprofit and start a green placenta exchange program with India.

    http://jerseygirlgenius.typepad.com/musings/

    -JGG

  • sadyemae

    My mother and father did this for me many many years ago.

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