A list of such companies along with examples of their services was compiled by Wired.
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Mushrooms and spores
California startup Coeio became famous for its design – the funeral costume Infinity Burial Suit with mushroom spores sewn into the fabric. Clothing plays the role of a shroud: a dead man is placed in it and without a coffin is placed in a grave, where mushrooms begin to grow, accelerating the process of decomposition of the body. There is an option for animals – a small mycelium.
Mushrooms contribute to faster decomposition of the body coeio.com
If you can’t do without a coffin, the ecovariant offers the company that it sells cardboard coffins – they withstand weight up to 120 kilograms and decompose much faster than ordinary coffins made of wood. Moreover, they do not harm nature like ordinary ones – varnished wood cannot decompose normally, and paint from the upholstery gradually enters the soil, polluting it with chemicals.
Cardboard coffin – eco-friendly cardboardcasket.co
Launch the ashes into space
More innovations are offered by startups involved in ashes. The most ambitious of them is Celestis, which will help dispel human remains in outer space. True, the implementation in the company is sometimes lame: for example, they tried to launch the dust of James Duhan, an actor from Star Trek, three times in a row. Some were even lost on a hillside in New Mexico.
Let on water
You can run the ashes through the water in an urn of ice, which releases the ashes while floating. It can be buried in the ground. The inventor of the urn collaborates with The Living Urn – she offers to mix the ashes of the deceased with the ground and plant a plant in it (in the house or on the street).
The developers created an urn of ice wired.co.uk
To the bottom of the ocean
The ashes can not only be allowed into open swimming, but also drown. Eternal Reefs takes care of this, which lowers the ashes to the seabed in special “reef balls”.
The ashes of a loved one can be added not only to the soil for the plant, but also to other objects – for example, records. If you are not a music lover, pay attention to jewelry: companies have learned to turn dust into diamonds.