Biodegradable PawPods: a better way to bury your pet

June 26, 2017 by  
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Burying a beloved pet is never easy. But PawPods offers a thoughtful, biodegradable option for burying deceased animals with their bamboo and rice husk pods. Similar to eco burials for humans, PawPods allow pets to return to the earth with dignity. PawPods CEO Ben Riggan had a terrible experience after he had to put down a cherished dog. His pet was given back to him in what he called a glorified plastic bag, and Riggan said the experience bothered him and he couldn’t let go of it. He was determined to create an alternative so others wouldn’t have to experience what he did. On his website he said, “I decided to create a company to provide a better way for pets to come home, whether they will be buried or cremated.” Related: Space Burial Service Will Launch Your Pet’s Remains into Outer Space The result was PawPods. These pet caskets are made of bamboo powder, corn starch, and rice husks, and will fully break down in three to five years. They’re sturdy – Riggan said he didn’t want to offer flimsy paper caskets like others on the market. PawPods are also designed to be painted and decorated so families can grieve through art, and have a therapeutic experience as they say goodbye. PawPods offers several different sizes, from a $9.99 fish pod to a $149.99 large pod designed for medium dogs or large cats . The products have a seeded wildflower leaf on them so a pet grave can be adorned with color in the spring. They also come with a sympathy card. The company also offers two $39.99 urns – a heart-shaped one and traditional one. The urns are designed to hold ashes and will biodegrade as the pods do or can be displayed. These come with a seeded sympathy card that can be buried in place of an urn if the family wishes. + PawPods Via TreeHugger Images via PawPods Facebook

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Brilliant woodland pavilion pushes the envelope of timber in tension

June 26, 2017 by  
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Architectural Association students of the Design & Make program are pushing the envelope on lightweight timber construction. In the program’s most recent annual project, students completed the Sawmill Shelter, an experimental pavilion that uses tension to hold the structure together and create a sturdy roof resistant to snow loads and wind uplifts. Located in Hooke Park of Dorset, England, the sculptural structure’s roof was built from locally sourced Western Red Cedar. The Sawmill Shelter was designed and built by students En-Kai Kuo, Evgenia Spyridonos, Eleni McKirahan, Rolando Madrigal, Trianzani Sulshi, Paolo Salvetti, and Diego Saenz Penagos. In addition to serving as the 2016-2017 Design + Make project, the experimental pavilion is also a prototype for structural systems planned for the new campus lecture hall and library. The structure was built atop an existing 50-square-meter concrete slab on which the campus sawmill is placed. The students built the Sawmill Shelter using 38-by-38-millimeter laths of Western Red Cedar sourced from Hooke Park and assembled from shorter sections held together with glued finger-jointed scarfed splices. “The structure adjusted, each lath carries up to two tonnes of tension, demonstrating the remarkable strength of wood under tension,” reads the project description. The laths were tensioned to create a “stiff net of wood” clad in CNC-milled aluminum panels for a striking and lightweight anticlastic timber net roof spanning nearly 11 meters. Related: Super-local energy-efficient Caretaker’s House is built from locally grown and felled timber Student En-Kai Kuo also helped lead the large-scale steam bending of whole tree to create unusual structural columns. Eighteen bent trees, made of Douglas fir and larch, support one end of the Sawmill Shelter. + Design + Make Via Dezeen Images by Valerie Bennet, Evgenia Spyridonos and Kevin Kim

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Capsula Mundi burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

March 4, 2015 by  
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Most of us have likely had the opportunity to visit a cemetery at some point, and walked through the endless rows of cold marble headstones and weeping angel statues. An Italian design company called Capsula Mundi has a brilliant solution: burial pods made of natural starch plastic that nurture tree seeds  as bodies break down. The natural decomposition process feeds the tree above, and over time, burial spaces can be transformed from desolate graveyards into lush memorial forests . Read the rest of Capsula Mundi burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio starch plastic , body decomposition , burial pods , Capsula Mundi , cemetery , cemetery of trees , eco burial , eco burial pods , graveyard , green burial , green burial pods , human tree pods , living memorial forest , memorial forests , tree cemeteries , trees from bodies

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Stockholm’s Insect City and Buzz Building take cricket cultivation to a whole new level

March 4, 2015 by  
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Pia Interlandi’s Biodegradable “Garments for the Grave” Let You Rest in Peace, in Style

October 6, 2013 by  
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When Pia Interlandi struggled to dress her grandfather in a suit for burial, she realized that the clothes we wear in life are not designed for death—those who have passed on have little use for zippers, buttons and tailoring. The Australian designer decided to provide another option, creating the bespoke label “ Garments for the Grave ” that produces biodegradable vestures that, like the body, return both literally and symbolically to the earth. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: burial wear , garments for the grave , green burial , green funeral , pia interlandi , sustainable burial , sustainable funeral        

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Turn Your Cremated Remains into Live Ammunition with Holy Smoke

October 16, 2011 by  
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With all the talk these days about the destructive and toxic nature of modern day burials, sustainable ways to honor your deceased loved ones are popping up left and right. Now with the help of Holy Smoke , an Alabama-based company started by Clem Parnell and Thad Holmes, you can turn your loved one’s ashes into live ammunition and honor them with a bang. The founders actually started the company partially because of personal issues with the ecological costs of burials and are offering their services for just $850 — plus shipping and handling. Read the rest of Turn Your Cremated Remains into Live Ammunition with Holy Smoke Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ash bullets , burial ideas , cremation , cremation bullets , eco burial , green ammunition , green burial , holy smoke , live ammunition , natural ammunition , sustainable burial , what to do with remains

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Can Green Funerals Be Fun?

November 17, 2009 by  
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Image credit: Liz OConnell It’s funny how uptight people can get about death. Yet it’s one of the very few things, along with birth, taxes, breathing etc, that we all have in common

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