Last week I stumbled upon something I wanted to share. (Thanks @kevinnbass for tweeting about it.)
Two Italian designers have come up with an intriguing idea: when you die your remains are placed inside a biodegradable capsule, buried in the ground, and topped with tree seed or an actual tree. Your body then becomes mineral nutrients for the tree and allows it to grow.
Soon cemeteries with tombstones become memorial parks with trees.
Though the process is not yet legal in Italy, apparently some American and English locations would allow it.
More information can be found in the article: Bye-Bye Coffins! These Organic Burial Pods Will Turn You Into A Tree When You Die. There you’ll find images that better illustrate the process.
I don’t know about you, but I find the concept fascinating. I’ve tossed around the idea of a green burial for myself. Though I’m not a granola—and I do shave my armpits—I like the thought of my molecules becoming part of the earth.
Does this appeal to you? What type of tree would you want to become?
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My campaign for Eating Bull has 7 days left, so if you’re interested in the novel’s ‘killer’ premise, I’d be thrilled if you nominate it. If the book is chosen for publication and is still in your nomination panel at the campaign’s conclusion, you’ll receive an early, free e-book copy from Amazon. (Unfortunately, the program is only for U.S. customers at this time.)
A heartfelt and sincere thank you to everyone who’s nominated Eating Bull or shared it on social media. Your support has been incredible. Only one week left of my promotional blasts, so if you’re thinking of prematurely burying me in my own tree pod, I promise I’m almost done.
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