The Capsula Mundi Project will let you turn yourself into a tree when you die. The project is designed by Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel who wanted to give us more choices when it comes to being buried. This unconventional burial might be the future.
When you die and your deceased body is buried in the soil, your body decomposes naturally. This new burial pod is made of 100% biodegradable organic material that will eventually transform your body into a tree. Your body will naturally decompose along with the pod and turn into minerals. A tree planted on top of the pod will use these minerals and grow into a big tree with time. A traditional cemetery will turn into a jungle of memories, each tree reflecting on a human life in the world.
THIS IS HOW IT WORKS
It basically works like this… first the body is encapsulated in a fetal position and then buried, and either a tree seed or an actual tree is planted above the capsule. You would even pick the type of tree you want to become, just as you would get to choose your very own coffin for a normal funeral.
The pods are made from a starch plastic which does not prevent the natural decomposition of the capsule and allows the organic matter to transform into minerals, that will provide the earth with nutrients for vegetative organisms. Essentially, these pods will transform cemeteries in forests.
This is actually still a concept since Italian law prohibits this sort of burial – but if it does proceed, there would be an entire memorial park of trees rather than tombstones. You would then be able to visit and care for the tree of your loved one. There are actually places in the US and in England where this type of burial is legal… we’ll just have to wait and see if this catches on in other places around the world.
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