Life After Death: Green Burial Industry Hoping to Take Root

NEW YORK, NY - Death; it`s life`s ultimate equalizer. It`s an uncomfortable subject but there`s something to be said about going out the way you want to. Now there`s a couple of relatively new options for those looking to give back to mother earth as part of a movement known as green burials.

The first requires you to change out of the usual casket wardrobe to a more eco-friendly one. It`s nicknamed the “mushroom death suit” because it`s infused with mushroom spores that not only decompose bodies but help clean the over 200 toxins our bodies release into the soil when we're buried. The mushrooms then deliver nutrients to surrounding plant roots.

The suits were recently displayed in New York in time for Fashion Week and retail for $1,500.

Another option is from an Italian based company called Capsula Mundi. The body is placed inside a biodegradable egg-shaped coffin that eventually grows into your favorite tree. The tree is planted above the coffin and grows over time.

The goal is that instead of cemetery plots burials will be represented by trees which will result in more forests which in turn will be better for the Earth.

Time will tell if these eco-friendly burials take root and become the preferred way to achieve life after death.