How Can You Save Wildlife After You Die

Posted: 17/01/2018

If you are looking for a greener way to go, then a natural burial may be great option for you! Natural burial is not only simply better for the environment, but it also opens up a very important discussion surrounding the preservation of wildlife and every threatened species living on land.

You may or may not know that traditional burials actually contaminate the soil. This is due to the embalming chemicals and coffin materials. On the flip side, the method of cremation directly contributes towards polluting the air. Both methods can also be extremely expensive, so you may wish to seek out an alternative.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in natural burials in which the body is laid to rest in a biodegradable container rather than a wood or metal coffin. Instead of having a gravestone made, the loved ones of the deceased can find the point of burial using GPS or by using natural markers like a tree or a bolder.

Choosing a Natural Burial Ground

Finding a place which is perfect for you or your loved one is vital. It is strongly recommended that you visit any natural burial ground which you may consider an option in order to see for yourself what it looks like and how it feels. You will usually be able to meet the people that run a natural burial ground and get them to answer any of your questions or worries.

There are essentially two types of natural burial grounds; one where non-embalming is a requirement and the coffin has to be biodegradable, the other where a tree is planted but no other environmentally friendly rules are needed to be followed.

The types of sites you may want to consider are things like:

  • Wild flower meadows

  • Woodland

  • Parkland

When choosing a destination for your natural burial, you should consider exactly what it is you want. For example, you may want a tree to be planted on your grave in order to help the tree to grow and consequently add to the preservation of wildlife. However, your closest site may not offer this and you may want to look further out for a site that does.

With the rise in demand for natural burials in order to save the environment and wildlife, many local authorities are facing a pressure to set aside parts of municipal cemeteries as ‘woodland’ or ‘green’. However, be aware that most of these sites are approached through the conventional cemetery site, which may be not want some families would want aesthetically.

Burial Pods

There has been a recent development in ‘burial pods’ which essentially turn someone who has passed away into a tree. The Capsula Mundi Project, based in Italy, was formed due to the developers love for the environment and wildlife. Developers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel created an organic, biodegradable burial pod which aids in turning a person’s remains into the nutrients that help a tree to grow. A tree is placed directly above the pod.

However, these pods are simply a concept for now as it is not yet legal to bury someone in this way under Italian law. When, or if, the concept is allowed to proceed, it could have an amazing impact on the environment and on wildlife, as well as peoples bank accounts. Capsula Mundi are currently working to change the legislation in Italy, hoping to turn their design into reality in order to save the environment and all those which rely on it.

The way it works is that the body is positioned in the pod in the fetal position. Next the pod is buried deep into the ground along with a tree seed or a young tree being placed directly above. From one source of life comes another one.

Many people like the idea of visiting a tree which is literally fuelled by the nutrients from the body of their loved one rather than a tombstone at a cemetery. The family can continue to care for the tree, providing comfort and purpose in the death of a loved one.

Instead of cutting down trees to make coffins, why not grow trees with our bodies after they serves us no purpose? Traditional burial would equal the removal of trees, whereas natural burial would mean producing more trees, in turn saving wildlife. The company behind the pods explains that it is extremely wasteful for a tree that took 10 to 40 years to grow to be cut down for a coffin which serves purpose for only a few days at most.


Clients will be given a range of trees to choose from to make it more personal. The idea is that a person can pick their favourite tree while they are still alive and then their family and friends can look after it when they have passed away.

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