Entrepreneur sells mushroom suits that decompose your body after death

July 19, 2019 by  
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Sustainability might be the last thought on your mind when a loved one dies, but one entrepreneur believes that everyone can be eco-friendly in life and in death. A remarkable mushroom suit is available to be worn by the deceased during their burial, and it offers a way to limit the environmental impact of traditional funerals. The impact of conventional funeral practices is little known and rarely discussed. Coffins require the harvesting and chemical treatment of wood, including toxic varnishes. Dead bodies are almost always pumped full of formaldehyde, which is a highly poisonous embalming chemical that is released into the environment. Cremation is another option, but it is not without its own negative impact. The cremation process is highly energy-intensive and requires sustained temperatures of up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Related: Washington State becomes first state to allow human composting The “Infinity Burial Suit” weaves mushroom spores into the suit’s threads so that mushrooms grow on the body and swiftly decompose it by feeding off the nutrients. Mushrooms are beneficial decomposers and help to neutralize soil by digesting and filtering contaminants such as pesticides or heavy metals. The suit has been for sale since 2016 on the company’s website . It costs $1,500 USD and is available in both black and natural colors and in three sizes. The team behind the suit also offers alternative burial options for pets. Other companies have attempted to address this environmental issue with the release of a burial pod that grows into a tree and the opening of funeral buildings for communal decomposition. Like the mushroom suit, these ideas have received a lot of controversy. According to Jae Rhim Lee, the owner of the mushroom suit company, society needs to shift how we think about death in general, and the mushroom suit is an important step. “For every person who uses the Infinity Burial Suit, there will be many more who witness the choice to return to the earth and to use one’s body in a beneficial way,” Lee said. “Cumulatively, this will help create a cultural shift toward a cultural acceptance of death and our personal responsibility for environmental sustainability.” + Coeio Via Science Alert and Truth Theory Images via Coeio

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Magical beauty of mushrooms is captured in Jill Bliss stunning arrangements

August 10, 2017 by  
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Flowers aren’t the only kinds of plants deserving of artistic arrangement. Artist and self-proclaimed nature nerd Jill Bliss shows off the magical beauty of mushrooms in her gorgeous temporary fungi arrangements in a series she calls ‘Nature Medleys.’ These stunning compositions show off the diverse texture, types, and colors of fungi in eye-catching detail. Jill Bliss lives, works, and travels the Salish Sea islands of Canada and Washington State where she collects natural objects and inspiration for her art. Bliss forages for the mushrooms in local forests and will often pair the fungi finds with other plants and objects found by the shore including shells and pieces of driftwood. Related: 3 edible mushrooms that are easy to find – and how to avoid the poisonous ones An incredible variety of mushrooms exist in the Pacific Northwest . One of her most popular and eye-catching mushroom choices is the vibrant purple gill mushroom. Bliss photographs her compositions and offers many as prints and stationery in her online shop. You can see more of her work on her website and Instagram . + Jill Bliss Via Colossal

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Enchanting LED mushrooms can transform any room into a glowing forest

November 2, 2016 by  
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We previously featured Takano’s work in 2010, and the artist has since produced hundreds more of his handcrafted mushroom lamps. According to at home vox , Takano can produce an average of 15 lamps every two months. His unique creations sell out incredibly quick (as noted by Tokyobling ) and, due to their delicate nature, are only sold locally and are not shipped abroad. Related: Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest Takano crafts the mushrooms out of dyed resin clay. The LED and wiring are skillfully hidden inside the tiny mushroom sculpture and inside the reclaimed driftwood base. Some of the lamps come with a plastic on/off dial for a playful retro touch. + Yukio Takano Via Colossal Images via Tokyobling , Silver Shell

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Here’s the patent that could crush Monsanto and save the world

September 29, 2016 by  
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Monsanto has a new enemy… fungi . Mycologist Paul Stamets holds a patent for insect-killing fungi – or mycopesticides – that could disrupt the pesticide industry and ” help save the world .” According to Stamets, after insects eat the fungi, they ” become mummified ” and a “mushroom pops out of their head.” Entomopathogenic fungi are a particular type of fungi that kill insects . When Stamets’ family had a problem with carpenter ants, he turned to entomopathogenic fungi for answers. Insects typically avoid the spores of fungi that could result in their demise, so Stamets morphed a fungus culture into a “non-sporulating form.” The spore-less fungi attracted the insects, which ate the mycelium of the fungus. Stamets said the carpenter ants at his house carried the mycelium to their queen, and just a week after laying the fungus traps, there were no more sawdust piles – the telltale sign of carpenter ants. After the mushrooms sporulate, they repel other insects. Stamets described the system as a “near-permanent solution.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI5frPV58tY An insect-killing fungus could have huge implications for companies that peddle toxic pesticides. Stamets gave a TED talk on his insect-killing fungi, as well as on five other “ways mushrooms can save the world,” and in his talk said of his patent, “It’s been called an Alexander Graham Bell patent. It covers over 200,000 species. This is the most disruptive technology – I’ve been told by executives of the pesticide industry – that they have ever witnessed. This could totally revamp the pesticide industries throughout the world.” Related: Life Box: Paul Stamets Unveils Brilliant Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Box Stamets is also the founder of Fungi Perfecti, a company that offers mushroom products from all-natural insect repellent to mushroom tea to MycoGrow , a product that reduces the need for fertilizer and helps plants grow faster. + Fungi Perfecti Images via Paul Stamets Facebook and Wikimedia Commons 1 , 2

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Airbnb’s most popular rental is a tiny Mushroom Dome Cabin

March 8, 2016 by  
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Alvaro Uribe and Makerbot come together to create Mushroom Lights

April 17, 2015 by  
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Alvaro Uribe Design collaborated with 3D-printing experts Makerbot to create the innovative Mushroom Lamps. According to the designers, “The Mushroom lamps explore new forms and details that can only be achieved through fuse deposition technology. For the past two years we have been using 3D printing to quickly check and validate our designs as part of the design process that we go thorough with our clients. We noticed that in the process of printing, the machine would create a honeycomb structure to reduce the use of material. However, this honeycomb pattern is then buried under the outer layers of the design. Hence, the design aims to celebrate the actual process of 3D printing as an opportunity to create more organic and surprising designs by bringing the pattern out through the use of light; an effect that would never be possible through traditional manufacturing methods.” + Alvaro Uribe Design + Makerbot Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D lamps , 3D Print Show New York , 3D printing , 3d printing fair , Alvaro Uribe , Alvaro Uribe designs , makerbot , Makerbot 3d , Makerbot designs , Mushroom lamps , mushroom lights

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Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases

October 21, 2014 by  
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The agarikon is one of the largest, oldest-living mushrooms in the world, and at least one scientist believes it holds the key for a cure to tuberculosis – along with many other illnesses. Paul Stamets, founder of Fungi Perfecti and an advisor at the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School has been hunting for the elusive and endangered agarikon in the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest – one of only a few places in the world along with Europe where these massive fungi grow. Why, you ask? Both in ancient spiritual traditions and modern medicine, agarikon are believed to be one of the most potent medicines known to humanity. Indigenous peoples in both North America and Europe used agarikon to treat a host of illnesses and infectious diseases – ranging from coughs to asthma, and arthritis to infections. Even the ancient Greeks knew of agarikon and called it an “elixir for long life” because it was used to treat tuberculosis. Read the rest of Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agarikon , arthristis , bird flu , disease , fungi , fungus , mushroom , old growth forest , stamets , swine ful , treatment , tuberculosis

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

October 21, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adam Miklosi , agar agar , airbus , algae , Algae Curtain-a , algae farm , algae farming , algae greenhouses , algae power , algae-powered aircraft , algae-powered LED , algae-powered planes , AlgaeBulb , algaerium , bio-adaptive microalgae facade , bio-reactive louvers , bioluminescence , biophotovoltaic panels , CELSS , Chlorella , chlorella algae , chlorella pyrenoidosa spirulina microalgae , claudia pasquero , controlled ecological life support system , crane greenhouses , Diamond DA 42 , dino pet , dinoflagellate algae , eads , eco-city , EcoLogicStudio , energy futures project , ETFE pedals , future fruits , glow in the dar , Gyula Bodonyi , lille , LOOP.PH , marco poletto , Marianne Cauvard , Marin Sawa , micro-ecologies , migro towers , Noisy Jelly , photobioreactor , Photosynthesizing Textile , Raphaël Pluvinage , red algae , renewable energy , simrishamn , Splitterwerk Architects , Sweden , yonder biology

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Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest

October 21, 2014 by  
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The Future of Plastic: A “Growing Lab Art” Exhibit that Uses Fungi as a Building and Binding Material

June 18, 2014 by  
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Artist Maurizio Montalti will be exhiting his Future of Plastic exhibit next month at the Fondazione PLART in Napoli, Italy. His exhibit embodies a vision of what plastics are going to look like in the future, and one of the main components he uses is fungi. He follows the evolution of “cultivated” objects by introducing fungal organisms (mushrooms!) to materials like fiberd or agricultural waste. The fungi evolves into an intricate network of mycelium filaments, creating a binding material that holds the building agents together, creating a completely new object. This process could be compared to slow 3D printing in which the speed of printing corresponds to the fungi’s natural growing speed. Where: Fondazione PLART, Via G. Martucci 48, 80121 Napoli (IT), www.fondazioneplart.it When:  Official opening on Thursday, July 10th, 2014, at 6 pm; Runs to 27 September, 2014. Tuesday to Friday 10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM + The Future of Plastic + Fondazione PLART The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D , 3d printed , 3D printing , Art , art exhibit , bowl , bowls , Fondazione plart , fungi , fungi plastic , fungus , future of plastic , future plastic , Maurizio Montalti , mushroom , mushroom plastic , mushroom plastics , mushrooms , Plart , plastic

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