DELFT, September 23
A Dutch start-up has created a biodegradable “living coffin” product of a fungus, as a substitute of wooden, which it says can convert a decomposing human physique into key vitamins for crops.
The firm, Loop, says its casket is product of mycelium, the underground root construction of mushrooms, and full of a mattress of moss to stimulate decomposition.
“Mycelium is nature’s biggest recycler”, Bob Hendrikx, the creator of the dwelling coffin informed Reuters.
“It’s continuously looking for food and transforming it into plant nutrition.”
Mycelium additionally devours toxins and turns them into vitamins.
“It’s used in Chernobyl to clean up the soil there from the nuclear disaster”, Hendrikx mentioned.
“And the same thing happens in our burial places, because the soil is super polluted there and mycelium really likes metals, oils and microplastics.”
The coffin is grown like a plant throughout the area of per week on the firm’s lab on the Technical University of Delft by mixing mycelium with wooden chips within the mould of a coffin.
After the mycelium has grown by way of the wooden chips, the coffin is dried and has sufficient energy to hold a weight of as much as 200 kilograms (440 lb).
Once buried, interplay with floor water will dissolve the coffin inside 30 to 45 days. Decomposition of the physique is estimated to take solely 2 to three years, as a substitute of the 10 to 20 years it takes with conventional coffins.
Loop has thus far grown and bought 10 dwelling coffins, Hendrikx mentioned, for 1,500 euros ($1,761) a bit.
“When the living coffin is in the ground you can even water it, add seeds and you can decide what tree you want to become.” – Reuters