Saying goodbye is a hard reality all pet owners have to face.
The Forever Spot by Coeio makes sure that your loved pet can be laid to rest in an eco-responible way. Their slogan says it all:
Take care of your pet, take care of the planet.
When a pet owner has to inevitably say goodbye to their furred, feathered, or scaled friend, they now have the option to bury them in organic material that helps the pet return to the earth in an environmentally friendly way.
The pet is essentially wrapped in a shroud that contains a combination of mushrooms and organic materials that makes decomposition eco-friendly.
We caught up with Jae Rhim Lee from The Forever Spot to learn a little more about this unique product.
How did eco-burial research come about? How were the combinations of mushrooms and other microorganisms originally tested?
"In 2007, I traveled to Northern California for an artist residency where I hoped to kickstart research for a project to create an "antidote" to our cultural death denial. During that time, I visited a green cemetery and learned about green burial. Shortly after, I took another field trip to a permaculture center and learned that mushrooms are the "master decomposers of the planet," capable of cleaning environmental toxins and combating cancer, among other amazing feats. Somehow, during my time on the California coast, everything I was thinking and learning about converged, and I had an epiphany: the antidote I was looking for lay in the mushroom's ability to break down organic matter and environmental poisons.
I began cultivating mushrooms and testing how to best apply combinations of mushrooms and other microorganisms to burials. What began as an artistic provocation is now a company, Coeio. Coeio now provides alternatives burial products for people and is the maker of The Forever Spot, a green burial container for pets.
Our biomix is built into all of our products - aiding in decomposition, working to neutralize toxins found in the body and transferring nutrients to plant life."
Once a Forever Spot product has been shipped to a pet owner, are they allowed to bury it themselves?
"Yes, The Forever Spot products have been designed to facilitate a respectful transfer of a pet from a vet clinic or home to the final resting place by the pet owner.
There are two options for pet burial - home burial and burial at a Pet Cemetery. For home burial, ordinances vary by municipality, so we suggest researching local laws when deciding on a forever spot for your pet. Generally, it is legal to bury your pet on property you own."
How is this a better option for grieving pet owners than, let's say, cremating them?
"The Forever Spot allows pets owners to continue to care for their pet, even in death.
Also, The Forever Spot offers pet owners an environmentally friendly way to say goodbye. Our customers and pet owners find meaning and value in choosing green end of life options for their pets..."
"I've been interested in Coeio's products for my green end-of-life planning for some time. Given that, why wouldn't I consider that option for our family pet as well? I'm proud to say my wirefox terrier's burial will be true to the earth, the way he would want it to be." -- David W.
"Cremations are environmentally harmful - emitting organic pollutants, particulate matter and heavy metals into the atmosphere. In the US, the practice uses enough fossil fuels each year to drive halfway to the sun. For pet cremation, there are usually two options, individual cremation (where the pet owner is given back the remains) and group or communal cremation (where the ashes are buried or scattered together by the crematory). Burying ashes in concentrated amounts is also harmful to plant life."
How has Coeio's Forever Spots been publicly received?
"Our customers have expressed finding comfort in our products during the difficult time of having to say goodbye to their pet..."
"I can't express the complete and utter sadness of her loss - but the pod gave both of us SUCH A HUGE sense of warmth and relief. She's buried under a lemon tree she loved to play under. We made sure she had her snacks and toys with her. The instructions were so clear, and the material was so grounding. I never could have imagined something so beautiful. I literally love you for your spirit and genius. I believe in Coeio so, so deeply." - RR
Are y'all working with veterinarian offices nationally?
"We are beginning to explore partnerships with Veterinarians nationally, and would be honored to partner with veterinarians to offer The Forever Spot to more pet owners. Our pilot veterinary partner is Dr. Lynn Hendrix of Beloved Pet Mobile Vet in Davis, California."
Anything else you want to add?
"We want to create a more gentle and environmentally friendly way to say goodbye to our beloved pets, together."
You can buy a shroud product in the Traditional version, which is a wrap that you roll your pet in; or in the Comfort version, which is a round bed that is closed with a drawstring. Depending on the size of your pet, you have the option of a mini, small, medium, large, or extra large shroud which range from $50-$275.
Burying our pets is something most owners don't want to face, but to know that there is an option as natural as The Forever Spot is comforting.