Scientists Have Figured Out A Way Of Turning Your Deceased Loved Ones Into A Tree.
As the world's population grows and resources become scarcer, it's hard to imagine how human beings are going to keep up with our current rate of consumption. One of the most troubling resources being exhausted is one that we don't even need until we're already gone: Burial space.
The traditional way of burying our dead, in a casket in the ground with a headstone, is rapidly impossible to to expense and space limitation. Cremation is a slightly cheaper, more compact option, but also sends toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. These facts are what inspired Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel to create a form of burial pod that is not only biodegradable, but will actually turn your body into a tree.
Known as the "Capsula Mundi," the pod is egg-shaped and made from naturally decomposing materials. After being buried, a tree would be planted on top. As a body decomposes inside, the tree would grab nutrients from the pod, and thus, the circle of life would continue.
Check out the concept below (which is still hypothetical, but nonetheless compelling). Would you consider committing your body to the ground in the Capsula Mundi?