Beginning This Year, You Can Be Buried in a Suit Full of Mushrooms That Will Eat Your Body When You Die

Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 7:51PM
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Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 7:51PM
Beginning This Year, You Can Be Buried in a Suit Full of Mushrooms That Will Eat Your Body When You Die
When a loved one passes, the last thing on the family's mind is how the departed's body is going to pollute the environment (and that's not even a slight exaggeration). Yet that hasn't stopped Jae Rhim Lee from coming up with a new, environmentally conscious way of dealing with the deceased.    



The Infinity Burial Suit is based off the idea of toxic remediation by having certain species of fungi assist in decomposing the body. This is meant to break "the cycle of toxicity," as dead bodies release certain harmful pollutants back into the environment upon being either cremated or buried in a conventional manner. The mushrooms feed on the bodies and their toxins via their placement in a mesh burial suit, thus creating a new way to deal with the deceased in a totally eco-friendly way.

Interestingly enough, the mushrooms used in the Infinity Burial Suit were selectively bred for such a purpose. Jae Rhim Lee apparently picked common, edible species of mushrooms to experiment with, feeding them bio-matter such as skin, finger nails, or hair. The result was the Infinity Mushroom, the perfect man-eating fungus.        

Lee has stated in her talks that she hopes her invention won't just offer an alternative way of dealing with the deceased, but will also help people come to a greater acceptance of the ideas of death and decomposition.

The Infinity Burial Suit is supposedly going to be made readily available in 2016 after further tests. Lee hopes to see how the Infinity mushrooms work with rotting meat before moving on to human subjects, after which, the suit will hit the market dependent on the results.
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