“A lot of energy furthermore goes into producing these materials, that are used for a very short time and then hidden. They’re not going to break down very fast, ” states Jennifer DeBruyen, an Associate Professor associated with Biosystems Engineering and Soil Technology at the University of Tennessee.
Italian designers Raoul Bretzel and Anna Citelli may have a solution. They call it Capsula Mundi
— “world’s capsule” within Latin — and it’s an egg-shaped, organic casket that’s suitable for ashes, too.
Once hidden, they say, the biodegradable plastic cover breaks down and the remains provide nutrition to a sapling planted right over it.
Bretzel and Citelli think that death is as closely related to consumerism as life. Their goal? To produce cemeteries full of trees rather than tombstones, reduce waste, and create new lifestyle out of death.
Legislation behind it
“I think there’s sufficient science and agreement that these [options] represent a really practical option for afterlife”, adds DeBruyen.
As technological research supports green solutions like the Capsula Mundi, environmental awareness can also be breaking down cultural barriers around burial.
“We’ve observed an uptick in the public desire for green burials in the last 24 months. Even though our providers continued to grow continuously, the public has become much more aware plus there is a lot more interest in the practice”, says Kate Kalanick, from the Eco-friendly Burial Council, North America’s eco-certification organization for the death industry.
She hyperlinks this increase to the baby-boomers’ environment awareness and interest in how their health will be disposed.
But is it legal? “It’s lawful in the whole of North America. We don’t have any governmental or legislative test their limits in the US or in Canada when it comes to green burials, ” says Kalanick.
Somewhere else, it could be a different story: “In Italia, for example , this type of burial would not become allowed, ” says Bretzel.
“We’re gathering signatures for a petition to make it lawful. But I know that it will be a good way before we can change the rules. inch