Biodegradable Containers for the Dead

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One thing we know for certain about death is that we will definitely run out of room to bury people in the very near future. The switch to universal cremation is inevitable. But even after we switch to cremation, we're bound to run out of room on earth for all the urns. Funeral services, too, are heading towards obsolescence. Luckily Swedish firm Lots Design has a novel concept for the future of burials: A biodegradable, compressed paper pod for cremains.

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Illustration for article titled Biodegradable Containers for the Dead

Dying humans can etch their last words directly onto the urn or stick memorabilia into the slit at the top after they pre-purchase a pod. Then their relatives can throw them in the ocean, where the pod will eventually dissipate and their bone powder will sink to the bottom and stay there. And we don't have to worry about space. Image by Lots Design

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Maybe we can use burning people as a power source.

The cult of the body always seemed a bit insane to me, even as a kid. "Here! Let's completely fill up this corpse with a toxic substance then encase it in several levels of stuff so that it takes up more space than it did during its college dorm-living years." And then they say in all seriousness, "Wow, those ancient Egyptians were so weird about death, weren't they?"