Capsula Mundi

the greenest way to go

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What is the Capsula Mundi project?

The idea behind Capsula Mundi is once a loved one has passed away and is in the process of being buried, instead of being placed in a coffin they are buried in an egg-shaped burial pod made from biodegradable starch plastic. A tree is planted above the pod which will allow it to take nutrients from the body inside, like a fertilizer.

Why the Capsula Mundi project?

The current method of burial, used most often around the world, involves putting the corpse through the embalming process which puts many toxins into the body which can then seep into the soil of the burial site. If there is an underground water source around the cemetery it can be contaminated by the toxic chemicals from the decomposing corpses. The use of wooden coffins for burial has also decimated many forests and taken away a source of oxygen producing plants that the Earth desperately needs. With the Capsula Mundi project, instead of cutting down trees, trees would be planted in the ground replenishing the already dwindling forests and bypassing the embalming process all together since the body will need to be chemically free so as not to harm the tree it is nurturing.
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Authors of the Capsula Mundi project.

Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel


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Photo Sources

First Photo: Finch, Mister. "Capsula Mundi Turns a Cemetery into a Forest." Sustainablog. N.p., 17 Sept. 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.

Everything after the first photo: Dovas. "Forget Coffins – Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees." Web log post. Bored Panda RSS. N.p., 26 Feb. 2015. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.