Coeio company founder Jae Rhim Lee giving a TED talk titled “My Mushroom Suit” in 2011. Photo: TED

After actor Luke Perry died as a result of a stroke this past March, his daughter posted that he opted to be buried in a biodegradable mushroom suit made by the company Coeio. As Treehugger explained, “It is a handcrafted, completely natural and biodegradable outfit that contains a built-in biomix made of mushrooms and other microorganisms. These do three things: (1) aid in decomposition, (2) work to neutralize toxins found in the body, and (3) transfer nutrients to plant life.” The suit eliminates the need to CO2-intensive cremation of the formaldehyde used in embalming.

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