London, Dec 8 (ANI): A funeral home in Australia has come up with the idea of burying dead people vertically in order to be able to save space.
The scheme, about to be launched in Melbourne, Australia, is being offered as a simple, natural and economical approach to burial.
The Melbourne company, Upright Burials, will place a corpse in a biodegradable bag and then lower the body feet first into a cylindrical hole about 30 inches in diameter and nine-and-a-half feet deep.
Upright Burials claims the scheme is a world first and that the method will produce far less carbon dioxide than a regular burial.
"When people have a traditional burial there is the process of manufacturing a coffin, which is often made out of wood or a man-made fibre, and there is regularly a plastic tray inside the coffin too," the Telegraph quoted Tony Dupleix, managing director, as saying.
The company hopes to bury between 30,000 and 40,000 people in a field two hours west of Melbourne, and when the land is full, it will be transferred back to pasture.
Rather than a headstone above each body, the company will simply inscribe the names of those buried on a memorial wall, and relatives will be given the exact location of their loved one.
The upright burials are set to cost 2750 dollars, a relative bargain, as the average Australian funeral costs more than 7000 dollars. (ANI)