What goes around comes around. That’s exactly the idea behind Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel‘s project called Capsula Mundi. The designers have developed an organic, biodegradable burial capsule that will turn the deceased’s body into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of their remains.
Created to promote the idea of green cemeteries, the Capsula Mundi is an egg-shaped container made of a modern material called starch plastic in which the dead body is put in a fetal position. Capsula Mundi is planted like a seed in the soil, and a tree is planted on top of it. The tree is chosen when the person is alive, relatives and friends look after it when death occurs.
“A cemetery will no longer be full of tombstones and will become a sacred forest,” explain Citelli and Bretzel. Besides, it makes a lot more sense to provide sustenance for new trees instead of destroying forests to make wooden coffins. The thought of being visited by our loved ones and descendants, care for the tree and rest in its shade is truly a comforting one.
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