Monday, September 28, 2020

This “Living” Mushroom Coffin Will Help Your Body Decompose Faster

 A new fungal coffin called the Living Cocoon offers people an option to help their remains biodegrade more naturally. Each coffin is grown from mycelium, the prematerial from which mushrooms are grown.


 The designers at Loop say their Living Cocoon reduces human body decomposition time from 10 years or more inside a manufactured metal and wood coffin to just 2 or 3 years.

The idea of decomposition makes many people uneasy, and coffin design has reflected that for a long time. In places with swampier terrain, coffins are even surrounded by concrete vaults to prevent them from sinking. But the idea of someone’s remains staying pristine in any way, protected from the elements, is highly unrealistic.

The Living Cocoon is slow to make, because it must be grown from living mycelium and then dried. For now, Dutch News says, it’s available from two funeral companies in the Netherlands only. But it’s not the first fungus-based burial concept, and it likely won’t be the last. Loop hopes to grow and offer its products in many more places.

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