Coffins, tombstones and normal funeral proceedings could be a thing of the past, especially with so many hipsters in Singapore. Titled The Capsula Mundi Project, this unique burial method originated in Italy and is created by designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel. The designers created an organic, biodegradable burial capsule that actually transforms the body of the deceased into a tree. As this occurs, the body would turn into nutrients for the tree that would allow it to grow.
This is how the burial pod works. First the body is encapsulated in a fetal position and then buried, Secondly, either a tree seed or an actual tree is planted above the buried capsule. You can even pick the type of tree you want, 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 into forests.
This has not been implemented yet 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. Lets just wait and see if this catches on in Singapore. We’re always trying to plant for tree to beautify our nation, so this might be just the solution. Plus, it curbs land scarcity problems.
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