22 Feb '12, 1pm

It may be a morbid subject, but this greener burial alternative is worth a gander:

It may be a morbid subject, but this greener burial alternative is worth a gander:

A fully-grown Poetree memorial. Photo: Margaux Ruyant It might be a dark subject, but looking on the bright side, the process of death is actually a green one. When the body decomposes, it eventually becomes the organic matter that surrounds us. The process of traditional burial, on the other hand, isn’t so earth-friendly. Embalmment and wasteful metal caskets can get in the way of the process and require the use of many more material and monetary resources. Cremation, of course, skips decomposition entirely and allows a person’s ashes to be spread in a beloved place or kept in an urn. Traditionally, burial and cremation are your only two options, but Margaux Ruyant , a French industrial design student, has thought up a third, which was the winner of the 2011 DSK International School of Design Award . The Poetree is a biodegradable planter that is covered with soil and pla...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2012/02/22/poetree-planter-offer...

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