The Infinity Burial Suit, also known as the Mushroom Death Suit, created quite a sensation when its inventor first propounded the idea in July 2011. Some people were enthusiastic, others squeamish and most didn't believe it.
After all, it's not everyday you hear of disposing of a dead body by letting mushrooms eat the corpse.
But now, Jae Rhim Lee and Mike Ma, co-founders of the Infinity Burial Suit, have announced that the outfit is almost ready for use, and could be on sale from May this year.
They claim it's the most eco-friendly way to die as it's the best way to prevent the toxins in the human body from being released into the environment after death. At the same time, the suit will also help deliver nutrients to plant roots more quickly and efficiently.
Here's a video on how the suit works:
The suit is embroidered with thread infused with mushroom spores that grow from the body after burial. These mushrooms digest the body as it decomposes and neutralize many of the environmental contaminants found in the body—including pesticides, preservatives, and heavy metals, revealed Rhim Lee during a TEDTalk.
The first user of the Mushroom Death Suit will be Dennis White, a 63-year-old suffering from a neurodegenerative disease called Primary Progressive Aphasia. A documentary on White as he prepares for his green funeral was released about a couple of months ago.
So, would you be willing to use this suit?