Tuesday, May 31, 2016

How Do You Feel About Being Turned Into Compost When You Die? | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

 "Death is natural, but modern burial is definitely not: Every year, more than 90,000 tons of steel and 4 million acres of trees are used to build coffins in the U.S., and more than 750,000 gallons of formaldehyde is used in embalming, so bodies can't naturally decompose. Cremation requires a heavy dose of fossil fuels. Even when we're dead, most Americans keep adding to our carbon footprints.

Can the rituals around death be redesigned to become more sustainable? With her Urban Death Project, designer Katrina Spade has been working on a greener alternative for the last three years. Along with the environmental issues, the design also considers the problem of space—cemeteries in the U.S. take up about a million acres of land, and as populations grow, even more space is needed. Spade wanted to find an answer that would allow people to be buried in cities."

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