'Living coffin' made from fungus turns your body into compost

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A start-up founded by a researcher from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands called the Loop has developed a living coffin made from a special fungus, the university said in a press release.

Dubbed the "Living Cocoon," the coffin is made of mycelium and helps the body to decompose more efficiently. It also removes toxic substances such as the metal and varnish from coffins and synthetic fibers.

Mycelium is a fungus-like bacterial colony that lives underground in the complex root structure of trees, plants and fungi.

According to a report on DuthNews.nl, the company has already "grown" 10 coffins, and these are already on offer in the coffin collections of two Dutch funeral companies.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Burial in forest with mycelium coffin
2. Mycelium coffin speeds up composting of body, eliminates toxins
3. Dried mycelium in coffin begins to grow again after burial
4. Mycelium converts toxins into nutrients
5. Mycelium coffin is lightweight but can hold up to 200 kilograms

VOICEOVER (in English):
"A start-up founded by a researcher from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands called the Loop has developed a living coffin made from a special fungus, the university said in a press release."

"The Living Cocoon helps the body to decompose more efficiently, speeding up the process to as little as two years compared to over a decade. It also removes toxic substances such as the metal and varnish from coffins and synthetic fibers."

"This is because the coffin is made of mycelium, a fungus-like bacterial colony that thrives underground in the complex root structure of trees, plants and fungi. Mycelium is grown into the shape of the coffin and then dried. When exposed to water after burial it begins to grow again."

"Mycelium breaks down material by emitting enzymes and is able to eliminate both organic toxins and heavy metals in the environment through a process called mycoremediation. It acts like a filter and can convert these toxins into nutrients."

"According to a report on DuthNews.nl, the coffins are lightweight but can hold up to 200 kilograms, or about 440 pounds. The company has already 'grown' 10 coffins, and these are already on offer in the coffin collections of two Dutch funeral companies."

SOURCES: TU Delft, Dutch News, Dezeen
https://www.tudelft.nl/en/2020/tu-delft/tu-delft-start-up-develops-living-coffin/
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/09/a-growing-business-dutch-develop-live-coffin-made-of-mushroom-mycelium/
https://www.dezeen.com/2020/09/16/bob-hendrikx-living-cocoon-mycelium-coffin/