Italian Designers “re-design” Death…


Today on Seattle’s Morning News I talked to Italian Designer Raoul Bretzel about the company he co-founded called, “Capsula Mundi” that seeks to challenge the manner in which we are buried across the world today and the impacts on the planet.

The duo designed an egg-shaped pod, made of biodegradable material, where our departed loved ones are placed for burial. Ashes will be held in small egg-shaped urns while bodies will be laid down in a fetal position in larger pods. The Capsula will then be buried as a seed in the earth. A tree, chosen in life by the deceased, will be planted on top of it and serve as a memorial for the departed and as a legacy for posterity and the future of our planet. Family and friends will continue to care for the tree as it grows. Cemeteries will acquire a new look and, instead of the cold grey landscape we see today, they will grow into vibrant woodlands.

Check out the interview at:

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We humans are responsible for over 18 trillion pounds of plastic since the 1950’s. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest of five such trash collections in the ocean…

But Recycled Park in Rotterdam is doing something about it…

Here is a recent feature I reported on Seattle’s Morning News on a new “litter trap” that collects the plastic in the river before it makes its way to the ocean. They use the collected plastic they trap in the contraption to make hexagonal squares from the plastic for a floating park.

A floating park made entirely out of plastic collected in the river…

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Community comes together for the children one year after the death of Charleena Lyles

My interview with Dee Hillis from Solid Ground and Lhorna Murray who is a resident at Solid Ground, a mother and an artist. Lhorna was key in helping the community focus on the children who hadn’t dealt with the trauma of Charleena Lyles’ death. Working with Art with Heart they were able to get out some of the anger, pain and fear through art therapy…

To see the wonderful art created by the children at their “Lit” gallery showing check out:

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