Coffins, tombstones, and orthodox funeral services are now a thing of the past because this alternative burial just may be the wave of the future.

Capsula Mundi has been in development now for about a year. It's a unique burial method, that's basically a cultural project that was created by Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel of Italy. Citelli and Bretzel look at death and design in very unconventional ways. 

The designers chose to highlight "Nature's cycle of transformation" by creating an organic, biodegradable pod that literally transforms the body of the deceased into a tree. (That's right, now you can become a tree when you die!)

Once the body is placed into the burial pod, it transforms into nutrients that help the tree to grow.

So, essentially it works this way: first, the body is put into the fetal position and encapsulated into one of the pods in preparation for burial, then either a tree seed or an actual tree is planted directly over the pod. You can even choose the kind of tree you would like to become.

It's quite similar to picking out your own coffin for your funeral, but it's better because you don't have all of those morbid thoughts going through your head, you know?

Take a look at the illustrations below to get a better idea of how it works:

Concept Diagram

The capsule is made from 100% biodegradable starch plastic

"The body will be laid down in the Capsula in a fetal position before rigor mortis sets in or after it passes," said Capsula Mundi.

"Rigor mortis arises at different times for each individual and it has a duration of a few hours. After rigor mortis passes, the body will again become soft and malleable. Once the body is laid within the Capsula, it will be planted in the earth like a seed."

The capsule is then planted in the soil like a seed

The burial pods are made out of a starch plastic which doesn't prevent the capsule from naturally decomposing and which allows the organic matter to change into minerals, that then provide the earth with nutrients for vegetative organisms. Basically, these pods will be transforming cemeteries into forests...

This is the process

Once planted the pods and trees create a "memory forest."

Then your loved ones will be able to take care of your tree

The entire concept is actually still just that, a concept, because Italian law doesn't allow this kind of burial - but if in the future they can proceed, there would be an entire memorial park full of trees instead of tombstones.

Family and friends would then be able to visit and care for the trees of their loved ones.

In the US and in England, there are actually places that will allow this type of green burial. The goal would be to engineer the industrial prototype and start producing the molds by 2017.

Constructing the prototype of the Capsula for the body

Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel display an artistic replica of the Capsula for the body


Funding for the Capsula Mundi is currently being provided by KickStarter, and if you'd like to find out more about this incredible project you can head over to Capsula Mundi's Facebook page.

Conceivably, within the next few years, graveyards will begin looking like forests!

What do you think about this groundbreaking and innovative idea?

Would you consider being buried in one of these pods, or having a member of your family buried in one?

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