design for death

homeward bound

homeward bound by Luke Mills, Michaela Mills from new zealand

designer's own words:

Homeward Bound gives loved ones the opportunity to commemorate the deceased in a way they see befitting. By using Homeward Bound’s ‘returning’ process, families are given a tangible form that is both ecofriendly and portable. This allows them to disperse the remains in sentimental locations.

Packaging • Made from hot pressed recycled paper and straw. • Forms are nested into one another for bulk transport from manufacturer. • Wooden plaque is lasered onsite. • Packaging is lined with a water tight biodegradable bag.

Attributes • Portable and easily handled • Easily buried • Flat packable • Unique and void of traditional trappings • Low price point • Sustainable • Biodegradable


The ‘returning’ process transforms the deceased into a portable form that is both hygienic and ecofriendly.homeward boundThe remains are ecofriendly, allowing loved ones to disperse the remains in sentimental locations.homeward boundThe process is based off current technology and systems being used within wastewater plants to recycle composting bacteria. The end result is 100% eco neutral.homeward boundThe vessel provided is 100% compostable. When buried it releases the nutrients contained at a slow rate. This is ideal for plant growth in a variety of soils.homeward boundThe vessel can be recycled and the materials re-appropriated. Packaging is lined with a water tight biodegradable bag. By simplifying the wrappings of mortality Homeward Bound gives families an affordable option to sustainably commemorate the deceased.homeward boundThe ‘retuning’ process transforms the deceased into a nutrient rich form that can be safely dispersed into the sea.

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