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An Environmentally Friendly Burial Option

by Rania Combs

If you prefer walking through a forest rather than a cemetery, and the thought of lying in a coffin under a gravestone for all eternity gives you the creeps, take note.

An Italian company is developing a green burial option that turns your body into a tree.

Current burial practices can be an environmental nightmare. Heavy caskets buried cemented burial vaults use a tremendous amount of resources. Maintaining cemeteries requires water, fertilizer, and herbicides. Embalming chemicals can leach into the air and soil, polluting the environment.

Even cremation, which most see is a more environmentally friendly option, results in dangerous pollutants being released into the atmosphere.

Capsula Mundi aims to reach environmentally conscious people foregoing modern burials in favor of earth-friendly options. It plans to create biodegradable, egg-shaped burial pods made from potato and corn starch.

Corpses would be placed within the pods and draped in a cloth of natural fibers. Once buried, a tree of the deceased person’s choosing can be planted on top of the pod so that the decomposing body can provide nourishment for the tree.

The project is still in a start-up phase, but you can keep up with it on Capsula Mundi’s website.

About Rania

Rania graduated magna cum laude from South Texas College of Law Houston and is the founder of Rania Combs Law, PLLC. She has been licensed to practice law since 1994 and enjoys helping clients in Texas and North Carolina create estate plans that give them peace of mind.

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