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Turning Death into Life: The Living Cocoon's Journey from Corpse to Forest

Living Cocoon mycelium coffin

Bob Hendrix, the TU Delft researcher and founder of Loop Biotech launched the world's first living coffin, made from mycelium. The Living Cocoon helps the body to ‘compost’ more efficiently, removes toxic substances and produces richer conditions in which to grow (new) trees and plants. The speed at which a body composts generally depends on various conditions, but experience shows that it can take over a decade. The varnished and metal parts of a coffin, as well as synthetic clothing, can persist for even longer. Loop expects that their coffin will be able to complete this entire process in two to three years, because it actively contributes to the composting process. From graveyard to forest.

Living coffin made from mycelium

Practical tests conducted by Ecovative in America have shown that the coffin is actually absorbed by nature within 30 to 45 days.

Here's Hendrix's vision on living materials: ‘We are currently living in nature’s graveyard. Our behaviour is not only parasitic, it’s also short-sighted. We are degrading organisms into dead, polluting materials, but what if we kept them alive? Just imagine: a house that can breathe and a T-shirt that grows with you’.

Thumbs up if that's the way you'd consider using it !

Bob Hendrix and Loop Biotech

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