No More Coffins – These Organic Burial Pods Turn Cemetery Into A Forest
Not everyone can get fired from a cannon, and not everyone wants to be buried in a coffin. Capsula Mundi, a project from Italy, is the penultimate hippie solution for burial: an organic pod for the deceased that has a tree planted on top of it. So instead of gravestones and crosses, a forest of trees would stand in a cemetery. The pods are made from starch and other organic, easily degradable materials. The tree can be chosen before, uh, departure. In the end, it is hoped that cemeteries of this kind would be like parks and forests. The people working with this project seem to be very enthusiastic about this idea, going as far as calling them “sacred forests”.
“Since man has been able to express himself through writing, the tree represents the union between the earth and the sky, material and immaterial, body and soul. The vegetable world is an element of contact among us, complex organisms, and the mineral world, are sources we cannot get nutrition from.” The initiators write on the website. “To make a coffin nowadays you cut down an old tree, of valuable wood. A coffin has a short life spand [sic] and is a product of our society. The growth of a tree needs from 10 to 40 years and a coffin is used for three days.” It does make a point: coffins aren’t made from bamboo and weeds, so they consume valuable old trees. And here, a person can choose what tree they want planted over their final resting place.
Choose oak. Get your grandchildren to make oaken shields out of it, plunder and pillage.
More info: capsulamundi.it | Facebook (h/t: boredpanda)
I love this idea. If I were given the chance to work on this proyect I would and I would pour my heart into it. Its a perfect way to safe our planet, theres way to many crosses we need the trees. I did something similar with my dead dog and I still eat the plantains(platanos) :D
I soooo want to open the funeral home that solely uses this concept!! I want to be buried like this. Would love to see a sacred forest instead of a bunch of concrete headstones. And yes, I would think the family would put some sort of small marker with your tree. One day we will run out of land to bury people in coffins and will have to start stacking them on top of each other!! Oh my!.,
Interesting. I Like it!
I think this is an amazing idea. does anyone know if they are available to buy and where?
So would you carve the person name and life span date into the tree? or maybe a placard at the base of the tree? don’t want some one coming along later in life not knowing it’s a burial ground. Then try tearing up the forest.
If I choose a Pod that eventually grew an Apple tree over time, how would people feel about eating those apples.
we use decomposing stuff now what would be the differance i would eat your apples