Two Italian designers have developed a way to bury loved ones in order for their remains to provide nourishment for trees planted above them.
Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel founded their project, Capsula Mundi, which involves burying the deceased in the fetal position in a biodegradable container shaped like an egg. A tree would then be planted on top of the pod, which would provide nutrients gathered from the decomposing body.
Citelli and Bretzel are not able to disclose the number of people who have signed up for a Capsula Mundi burial, but told the Daily News via email that they “have plenty of people inquiring.”
They offer more than 20 trees for the person to choose before he or she dies.
The Italian government does not permit this type of burial, but Citelli and Bretzel are trying to pass legislation to have the laws changed.