By: Teri Bernstein
As the baby boomer generation ages, one thing is certain--the need for burial or other end-of-life services will peak for more than a decade. As it happens, this coincides with a larger world population and less space for burial. Enter innovation and entrepreneurship.
Hurdles remain: first, many for people are unwilling to deal with mortality practicalities, due to a desire to avoid the topic of death. Also, religious requirements and cultural traditions play a huge role in end-of-life practices.
I recently had a 17-year old shepherd-mix dog die. We had prepared for her death by digging a five foot deep grave and purchasing a new product--a shroud from the start-up Coeio. It was imbued with a type of mushroom spore that would, when buried, spring to life to hasten the process of decomposition.
Practices at death vary widely throughout the world, and entrepreneurs are breaking new ground in adapting these practices in ecologically sound and economical ways. NPR's Planet Money explores some of these practices.
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