Most of the people are either cremated or buried in coffins right now. But here are organic ‘coffins’ that could be the way of the future. They make it easier to burry more people in the same area, and also give back to the environment through the process itself.
Capsula Mundi designs these and sells. This project can bring forth more life as these burial pods in smaller or larger options allow for trees to grow through them.
Capsula Mundi. Life never stops.
“Capsula Mundi is a cultural and broad-based project, 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 bio 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 plant. Family and friends will continue to care for the tree as it grows. Cemeteries will acquire a new look, instead of the cold grey landscape we see today, they will grow into vibrant woodlands.”
It sounds fantastic. It’s better to create smaller forests rather than sad and depressing homes for those who have passed away.
It is a great way for people who have passed away on to create a better world for the people we love here who remain for generations to come. These capsules break down and the remains within providing nutrients to the tree planted right above rather than taking as long to break down as an entire coffin and corpse. The bits and pieces of your loved ones create the life that is growing above their burial spot. That tree is something you’re caring for and it really a unique thing.
When the pair saw tons of furniture trashed at the end of Milan’s famous design fair, “Salone del Mobile” the idea for the Capsula Mundi came in 2003.
Bretzel said, “It was a big competition to design new things, but almost nobody cared about the future impact or whether anyone would actually use these things.”
“We started thinking about projects that could have an environmental aspect. Death is part of our life but at design fairs, nobody cares about that because it’s one side of our life that we don’t want to look at. We don’t like to think of death as part of life.”
This is quite interesting even if you don’t want to turn into a tree once you’ve passed.