This eerie looking burial suit may mark the future funerals. Created by the company Coeio (from the Latin word coeo, which means “come together” – the body comes together with the earth), The Infinity Burial Suit is a shroud that “consumes” or aids the body in decomposition. Using this process of decay, the fungi removes harmful toxins present in the body, of which there are over 200 – both when living and especially after embalming.
At the 2011 TED talk debut of the burial suit, Jae Rhim Lee, one of the co-founders of Coeio, explained how the recently deceased would first be covered in an alternative embalming fluid (slurry of spores) as well as decompiculture makeup (dried spores) and then buried within 24 hours of passing. Once the spores have become active in the decomposition process, they immediately begin to remove and breakdown heavy metals, pesticides and other toxins from the body. Even the most deep thinking, eco-friendly TED listeners were a little grossed out by the Mushroom Burial Suit at first. After a few years of forward thinking, and a wise name change, the Inifinity Burial Suit has been well received as of January 2016.
The first to don the burial shroud upon passing will be a man named Dennis White who is 63 and suffers from a neurodegenerative disease called Primary Progressive Aphasia. The company is said to have hundreds more on their waiting list and they offer assistance on their website for dealing with local laws, funerals and burial arrangements. The team has even designed a mushroom shroud for pets. When you go, will you go green?