Eco Burial Pods Becoming More Popular
Most of us try to live our lives as green as possible but now there’s a way to continue to be green after death — literally.
Thanks to Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, humans’ bodies can be placed into a pod that will nourish a tree on top of it after it’s buried.
The Capsula Mundi places the deceased (ironically) in the fetal position inside of a biodegradable capsule. As the body decomposes, it serves as nutrients for the tree stemming from it. Those interested in getting a pod of their own can choose from 20 different types of trees before they die.
“The tree represents the union between the earth and the sky, material and immaterial, body and soul,” Citelli and Bretzel wrote in an email to The New York Daily News. “Over the world, governments attitude to our approach is becoming more and more open.”
In their native Italy, however, that form of burial is still not allowed, though the designers are trying to pass legislation to change that. Despite that hiccup, both say that since the idea was presented to the public in 2003, their popularity has been growing and that they “have plenty of people inquiring.”
While the process does look as green as it gets, Tony Hale, who co-directed “A Will for the Woods,” a documentary about green burials, says it isn’t quite as eco-friendly as it could be if the decomposing body was lying down instead of in the vertical position. Still, “Capsula Mundi pods do a great job in encouraging a much-needed cultural shift,” he said.
Eco burial pods, vegan hunting trophies. The Italians are on fire when it comes to green lifestyle solutions!
Photo Credit: Capsula Mundi