“Life is a great surprise. I don’t see why death should not be a greater one.”
The pain kicks into any human, when they realize that death, takes away everything they have worked for their whole life. The unexpected course of one’s life takes you away from your loves ones. According to the last rites of every religion, one is either cremated or buried. What if I told you that the end of your life can be proved to be the start of another? Yes. It is true! I am highly inspired by the idea created by the Capsula Mundi project. Italians Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have developed a biodegradable, organic capsule that can turn the deceased’s fetter into essential nutrients for the trees. Isn’t this the most meaningful way of giving back to nature? A complete end to the circle of life.
The burial pods designed for the capsules are made from starch and other biodegradable materials. The deceased can choose the tree they would like to be turned into before passing. These burial capsules are in the shape of an egghead just like Elmer J. Fudd. The deceased is placed in the pod in the fetal position. Eventually the tree grows absorbing the nutrients of the remains of this capsule. So instead of being buried in a coffin made from valuable old trees, the deceased can aid helping trees grow out of strength and memories.
This concept is still in its initial stages, as the Italians do not accept such burials. But the project’s aim is to grow a forest full of such trees instead of cemetery burials. The people working on this project are determined to set up a memory forest.
We are hoping that this concept is actively propagated all over the world. We need to give back to the earth, what we have been actively taking away.
Imagine being a Banyan tree. You can be an ecosystem in yourself above ground and below!