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A Netherlands-based startup has created eco-friendly fungi mycelium caskets so you can now feed the earth with your very own nutrients and become a valuable source for new life.
First funeral held using ‘living coffin’ made of eco friendly mushroom mycelium
Researchers at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands have developed the world’s first “living coffin”made from mushroom myceliumas a way to give human nutrients back to nature. Bob Hendrikx and his team at the student start-up, Loop, have created ‘The Living Cocoon’ as as way to help the body ‘compost’ more efficiently while removing toxic substances and enriching the soil where new trees and plants can grow. The first funeral to be held using one of Loop’s cocoons was conducted in the Netherlands earlier this month. Hendrikx told local media that the Living Cocoon allowed “people to become one with nature again. We can enrich the soil instead of polluting it.”
An example of a potential future design of the Loop Living Cocoon will be on display at the(Re)Design Deathexhibition in the Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade from 21 September. Visitors will have the opportunity to feed the living coffin, contributing to the growth of the woods that surround it. The exhibition is devoted to the theme of saying goodbye, dying, mourning and remembrance and can be seen until 24 January 2021.
Recycling is the number one way that we can reduce emissions, slow raw material consumption, protect our ground water, and take care of the earth and its animals. Here’s how to recycle absolutely everything. — from FreePeopleBlog contributor Naomi