The traditional coffin litters the earth. It is not biodegradable and remains buried in the ground for thousands of years. The same can be said for the tombstone which stands above it.
Now there’s a new option.
Capsula Mundi is a project out of Italy, “which envisions a different approach to the way we think about death. It’s an egg-shaped pod, an ancient and perfect form, made of biodegradable material, where our departed loved ones are placed for burial. Ashes will be held in small egg-shaped urns while bodies will be laid down in a fetal position in larger pods. The Capsula will then be buried as a seed in the earth. A tree, chosen in life by the deceased, will be planted on top of it and serve as a memorial for the departed and as a legacy for posterity and the future of our planet. Family and friends will continue to care for the tree as it grows. Cemeteries will acquire a new look and, instead of the cold grey landscape we see today, they will grow into vibrant woodlands.”
The urn for ashes is available now. The one for the body is still in development.
For more information about green burial options as well as other funeral choices, go to www.diesmart.com.