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Tombstones begone; these egg-shaped burial pods turn your body into a tree after you die

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Sarah Biddlecombe
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If you've always hankered after a more alternative resting place for your body after death, then you're in luck.

An Italian design duo have conceptualised a new, environmentally friendly pod that would house your remains after you die and use the nutrients from your body to help nurture a growing tree.

The egg-shaped pods, which would be made of biodegradable material, would be buried in the ground as a seed. A tree, chosen by the person before they die, would then be placed over the "seed" and, the researchers hope, flourish over time as the roots absorb nutrients.

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The pods would be buried as a seed below a baby tree, which would grow over time

Dubbed "capsula mundi", the pods would create a greener alternative to the current option of being buried in a coffin or having cremated remains placed in an urn.

Speaking in a promotional video on their website the designers, Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, said, “The appeal of these burial pods is that the human body cannot only serve as a source of life for a tree, but also provide an organic form for living loved ones to visit and care to.”

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The design duo with a full size pod

If the design gets the go-ahead, the pods would be available in two sizes, to accommodate both cremated remains and a whole body, which would be laid to rest in the pod in the foetal position.

The designers hope the pods would be a lasting legacy to the earth that would be more pleasant than current graveyards for relatives and loved ones to visit. They said,  “Unlike a traditional cemetery filled with cold, hard tombstones, this method of burial offers a forest of growing light.”

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This is how the egg-shaped pods would look

Images: Capsula Mundi Facebook