The Capsula Mundi burial urn is finally available for purchase.
When it comes to stories about green burial options, the piece I wrote on the Capsula Mundi concept last year seemed to strike a chord with readers (other than the typical comments about how useless and ridiculous some people thought it was), but even so, the crowdfunding campaign for the project didn't really catch on. However, regardless of the failure of the Kickstarter campaign, it hasn't stopped the creators from following their mission of helping people plant trees, not tombstones.
Although a body-sized Capsula Mundi pod isn't yet ready for burying your loved ones in, designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have brought a decidedly smaller version of the concept to life, which is now available for purchase. The product is the Capsula Mundi Urn, which is designed to accept the cremation ashes from the deceased, and to then be buried next to an existing tree, or in a hole over which a tree will be planted. The Urn is made from a biodegradable polymer (bioplastic) that will essentially be turned into soil and nutrients for the tree in "a few months to few years" depending on the local soil and climate conditions.
The Capsula Mundi Urn measures 29 cm (11.4") tall and 22 cm (8.7") wide, with an inner volume of some 4.5 liters, and it weighs about 1.4 kg (3 lb). Two different versions are available, a beige one coated with sand particles for a more organic look and feel, and a shiny white satin model, both of which can be ordered from the company with free shipping through September of 2017.
These biodegradable burial urns aren't cheap, at €420 for the Sand version and €380 for the White version, and while you can certainly come up with a DIY version (shoe box, anyone?), these will look a heckuva lot better at a memorial service or on display at home. Learn more at Capsula Mundi.