If you're over fifty, everyone has given some thought to their final days. Hopefully, we have over fifty years to think about it, but one never knows. What's worse, do you want your final act or be an assault on Mother Earth?
Most of us spend time in our lives thinking about how we recycle, so we can do our part to help keep the environment healthy. What about recycling our bodies after we gone? I doesn't matter whether you get cremated or buried. Either way, you will be releasing toxins into the air or ground. Cremation releases carbon dioxide and mercury from your filling into the air. Burial typically adds mercury and formaldehyde into the soil, and in some cases, it has been known to leak into water ways.
Mercury has been linked to neurological problems and death and Formaldehyde is a carcinogenic compound and has been linked to brain cancer and leukemia.
Of course one can expect the Readers Digest to come to the rescue with their article on A Guide to Green Burials, but there might even be a better way. In the video below, Jae Rhim Lee describes how she trained mushrooms to eat her body.
You can learn more about The Infinity Burial Project on Jae's website. Her project is funded by the Creative Capital Foundation, the Institüt für Raumexperimente/Universität der Künste Berlin, and the MAK Center for Art + Architecture. But... you know, they are always looking for volunteers.
I'd like to volunteer, but I'd like to put it off for a while yet...
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