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Burial Pods of the Future (11 pics)

Posted in Random » Wow   2 Mar 2015   / 7571 views

In future, people no longer have to be buried in coffins as these eco pods can be used to replace a traditional coffin and will ultimately grow into a tree.


Capsula Mundi is an eco-friendly alternative to being buried in a coffin.

These revolutionary "seeds" were developed in the hopes of offering a more practical burial.

It seemed highly impractical that a coffin made of wood would typically only be of use for about 3 days, when it normally takes 30-40 years for a tree to grow.

Like a coffin, these egg-shaped pods are designed to each house a deceased human body for burial.

The body is seated in the fetal position within the biodegradable pod and buried in the ground.

From there, a tree is planted above it, allowing its roots to soak nutrients and grow.

Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, the duo behind Capsula Mundi, explain: "The tree is chosen when the person is alive, relatives and friends look after it when death occurs."

Here is the basic outline of the process:

The appeal of these burial pods is that the human body can not only serve as a source of life to a tree, but also provide an organic form for living loved ones to visit.

Unlike a traditional cemetery filled with cold, hard tombstones, this method of burial offers a forest of growing life.

It provides an organic monument dedicated to each human life, while contributing to the health of the earth.

Though an Italian company introduced this innovative method, the burial procedure is currently banned in Italy. Citelli and Bretzel are working to change burial legislation to allow people to have more alternative options.

Credits: aplus.com

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Comments (2):

Fenrisulven 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
This will not work in the long run because many villages and cities have limited space for graveyards. It's common many places today to reuse graves after like 20 years or so. It will be too cumbersome to cut down a tree and remove a rot before a new burial can be prepared. Because of the limited space for graveyards in a world of rapid population growth, cremation may be the best.
Never underestimate the power of large crowds, of stupid people.
gigantes 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
okay, maybe this idea is not best for high-resuse cemeteries. i think it still has plenty of uses in other scenarios, like places where space is more plentiful and for the homeowner who wants to bury a loved one on their property. where legally permitted, of course.

seems like cremation has some issues as well-- it uses a lot of energy to turn the body (particularly the bones) in to ashes, it fails to return nutrients back to the earth, and it creates toxic air particles... not to mention some greenhouse gases.