When a funeral pops into a conversation, everyone’s first thoughts are sadness, of course, along with coffins, tombstones, large graveyards, etc. For the most part, these are completely normal things associated with death and funeral proceedings. However, a company called Capsula Mundi is experimenting with a unique burial method that effectively turns the deceased into a tree.

How does it work?

The idea behind it is quite a simple one and the process is essentially just a tree’s life cycle. The deceased will be placed into one of Capsula Mundi’s specially made egg-shaped pods which will act as a seed. The pod will then be buried in the ground with a tree on top of it. Thanks to being made from a starch plastic, the capsule is 100% biodegradable and will just breakdown by itself in the ground. The body inside will also start to decay and transform into nutrients, which will, in turn, be absorbed by the tree roots just above.

Funeral Process

The pod, which is replacing the traditional coffin, is actually completely organic and biodegradable, which allows the tree to grow. To enable this, the human body transforms into nutrients once it’s in the burial pod. It sounds quite peculiar at first but it’s an entirely natural process. The bodies will need to be put in the pods either before or after rigor mortis as it reduces flexibility too much.


  1. I love this idea; it is what I’ve always thought burial should be. I am curious about where we are in the process and when this will be a widely available option.


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