Do you like to recycle? Are you a composter? In other words, are you someone who cares about the earth? If so, then you might be excited to know about this ‘death suit’ that cleanses your body of environmental toxins and helps you “return to the earth” sooner rather than later.
Yes, it’s macabre, but you’ve told us before that you’d prefer to be wrapped in a sheet and stuck in the ground rather than interred in an expensive box.
So here’s it is, the most bizarre thing we’ve heard all day: introducing the Infinity Burial Suit, which has been dubbed the “Mushroom Death Suit”.
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Created by an artist and earth-lover, the shroud is embedded with mushroom spores, which speed up decomposition, while also neutralising the many toxins that we humans carry around.
As Jae Rhim Lee explains in her TED Talk, humans are home to a vast array of man-made chemicals including BPA and other industrial toxins, plus naturally occurring toxins such as mercury from our fillings. Her research led her to specific types of edible mushrooms that are able to purify these chemicals before they leach into the soil.
When a body is dressed in the suit, the ‘army’ of mushrooms grow from within; the patterns on the suit are designed to mimic the natural branching structure of a mature mushroom growth.
“I realise that this is not the kind of relationship we usually want to have with our food; we want to eat, not be eaten,” says Lee, before explaining the energy costs and toxic load of cremations and traditional burials. She says the suits go a step beyond the trend of “green funeral” by dealing with the chemicals that exist in our bodies.
The suits will be available from April, But Lee has already recruited one person to ‘demonstrate’ the suit – a 63-year-old man who is suffering from a terminal disease called Primary Progressive Aphasia, reports the Daily Mail.
What do you think of this idea? Do you want a ‘green’ burial? Would you go this far?
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