Did you know Mylar balloons never breakdown? Those Happy Birthday metallic balloons we give with the best of intentions are stuck on this earth forever.
Water bottles and to-go latte cups will be around for hundreds of years after we’ve enjoyed them.
When we walk on a trail in the National Forests, there is a sign, “Leave only footprints.” This is a reminder not to leave trash and other signs of disturbance.
We are wasteful, but we are learning to practice an Eco-friendly way of living. What about an Eco-friendly way of dying. It’s a hard thing to think about but knowing you leave only footprints can be comforting.
There is a new revolutionary suit that zips around a body and helps it decompose faster. How does this work? The suit is infused with mushroom spores. Alternative embalming fluid and a liquid spore slurry. The dry mineral makeup and mushroom spores combine with the separate liquid culture medium.
I am always reminded of Andy Warhol’s quote about death. “I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish, and everything should just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn’t be there. I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment’.”
Is it possible we are changing our entire viewpoints about death from the stark nature of our ancestors? A more casual approach to burial like the eastern cultures. In India, they burn bodies or throw them in the Ganges River. This is considered holy and respectful. This is not the cleanest way to dispose of bodies since the water becomes full of bacteria.
We are moving from expensive mahogany coffins and embalming chemicals to turning your ashes into a tree, a burial at sea in an eco-friend clay urn as well as whole body pods growing trees and mushrooms.
Leave only your footprint or paw print on this earth.