Neatorama has featured a number of modern innovations with regard to people's end-of-life choices on dealing with remains. We've seen companies that offer to transform cremains into everything from diamonds to bullets to pencils.
Itallian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have conceptualized a more natural solution with their project Capsula Mundi. The client's remains are encased in an organic, biodegradable burial "capsule," from which a tree eventually takes root and is provided nutrients. Bodies are placed in a fetal position into a pod, and a tree or seed is planted above it. Clients would be provided with choices as to the type of tree planted.
Because such a burial is currently illegal in Italy, the project is merely at the conceptual stage. The designers' vision would be to create memorial parks filled with trees, and rather than using and burying wood as coffins, new trees would be grown.
Learn more about the project at its website and Facebook page.
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