So this is going to be a little bit of a weird blog post, but I think it’s important to talk about. When a person dies, there are basically 2 options today…right? Burial or Cremation. Well, lets dive right into what that really means.
Burial: Basically you preserve your body and it costs almost 10K and then leaves the toxic chemicals of formaldehyde, methanol & other solvents behind after your gone.
Cremations: Here you cook your body for a few hours at 1800 degrees where it releases soot, carbon monoxide, trace metals like mercury into the air. Also the act requires 28 GALLONS of fuel and releases 540 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air. That’s a lot. Releasing 540 pounds of CO2 is like having 41,040 Cars!
Obviously, none of those options are ideal for us Greenies. Luckily a company called Infinity Burial Suits is using mushrooms to decompose bodies naturally. They give the deceased a body suit which cleanses the body of toxins before returning it to nature and the human body is full of Toxins! We have hundreds of toxic pollutants in our bodies like pesticides, preservatives and heavy metals (mercury & lead). after death, the mushrooms consume both the body and the toxins within it. The company has designed a body suit with thread infused with the mushroom spores. Basically, the suit eats your body, leaving behind a clean, pollutant-free compost. Wow!
This invention is the creation of two designers: Jae Rhim Lee & Mike Ma. During the development stage, Lee tested various types of mushrooms which are known to clean up toxic environments. She fed them her own hair, skin & nails (ewwww!) and selectively breeded the ones that best consumed them. Next she designed a body suite with Thread that was infused with the selected mushroom spores.
It’s a weird concept and Lee & Ma know many people may be uncomfortable with it but she also thinks people need to come to terms with their own inevitable demise. In 2011 she and her colleague were invited to TED Talks. As she watches the mushrooms grow and digest her body, she can imagine the Infinity Mushroom as a new symbol of thinking about death and the Environment. After six years in development, the Infinity Burial Suit is coming to our market in the Spring of 2016. The first user will be Dennis White, a 63 year-old suffering from primary progressive apahsia, a rare neurological disease.
The first real world example, Dennis White never thought I never thought about death until I was diagnosed, and I want to go out with a bang, like I’ve lived most of my life.” White said in a documentary. “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” And for White, the trip will end shrouded in mushrooms, as his body is going back to the Earth and not emitting harmful chemicals or emissions. Now that’s leaving a Legacy! Now, how do we order one of these bad boys? :-)