Luke Perry Was Buried in a Biodegradable Mushroom Suit—What Is That?
We're still mourning the loss of beloved actor, Luke Perry, who died of a stroke earlier this spring at the age of 52. Perhaps best-known as Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills 90210, he recently won over a whole new generation of fans as Fred Andrews, Archie's dad, in Riverdale. However, his eco-conscious burial decision may, perhaps leave an even more important legacy.
Perry's daughter, Sophie, took to Instagram this weekend to share her father's unusual burial decision back in his home state of Tennessee. Sophie explained her father's last wish was to be buried in a mushroom suit-a completely biodegradable burial outfit.
What Is a Mushroom Suit?
For an eco-conscious person, choosing what happens with your remains can be tricky. Traditional burials often involve coffins that are, for the most part, designed to resist breaking down underground. And that's leaving aside the embalming process, which fills a body with tons of toxic chemicals.
Many people choose instead to be cremated. Though, as a 2014 article in the Atlantic points out, "A single cremation requires about two SUV tanks worth of fuel." To say nothing of the smoke and greenhouse gasses that are emitted.
Thus, Perry's choice, the Coiego Infinity Burial Suit, which offers an option that arguably leaves the environment even better off. The suit maker boasts that their burial process "delivers nutrients from the body to surrounding plants," allowing for a faster regeneration of life around the body.
This is due to the suit's built-in "biomix," consisting of mushrooms and other microorganisms that aid in decomposing the body-and neutralizing any toxins. The suit comes in three sizes and two colors, with prices starting at $1,500.
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"My dad discovered it, and was more excited by this than I have ever seen him. He was buried in this suit, one of his final wishes," Sophie wrote in the Instagram post. "They are truly a beautiful thing for this beautiful planet, and I want to share it with all of you."