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A funeral takes its toll on the environment. What if our last breath could be one of giving back? AfterLife is a new biodegradable material created from food industry leftovers, infused with flowers from which new life grows, creating new nature, thus giving a new meaning to life after death.

With 4.000.000 square acres of forest needed for the coffin, 1.636.000 tons of reinforced concrete for burial vaults, 104.271 tons of steel and 2,700 tons of copper and bronze it is estimated that 178 tons of carbon dioxide is released by the funeral Industry, as stated in a yearly American report. Currently, the deceased are most often buried in their own clothes. A nylon pantyhose takes 150 years to decompose. (Fashion) designer Chardé Brouwer came up with bioplastic made out of expired vegetables, fruit and juice, which she consequently used to create clothes: AfterLife.

By furthermore infusing the material with flower seeds, Brouwer hopes to transform an end into a new beginning, creating a greater purpose after death. Shifting the definition of a cemetery into something less grim, for example, a forest or park, where the ones we loved, and their offspring, could walk, play and enjoy, a new biodiversity can come into being.



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