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Coffins are strangely refined containers that can prolong body composting longer than necessary, and their high-grade materials like lacquered hardwood and brass don’t exactly belong in the ground. Delft University of Technology researcher Bob Hendrikx has solved that problem by creating ‘the living cocoon” that’s made from mushroom mycelium that’s meant to compost human remains in a much shorter period of time (2-3 years, versus 10+) and return your flesh and bones to the earth as the mycelium (‘nature’s recycler’) converts waste into earth-feeding nutrients. To give you an idea of how effective mushroom mycelium is, the living organism was used after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to clean the soil. The Loop coffin is being tested by two major funeral cooperatives and has already been used in a number of burials. You’ll truly be food for worms faster than ever before.

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