A funeral home in Australia is considering the idea of burying dead people vertically to enable more 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.