Types of Biodegradable Urns
Biodegradable urns provide a green funeral option that gives back to nature and the environment. Cremation is already a smart choice if you are looking for ways to reduce the impact of a loved one’s death on the eco-system, so opting for an urn that will break down and leave virtually no trace makes sense.
Of course, choosing which kind of biodegradable urn you want is a little more complicated. With so many options out there, you have more choice than ever before when it comes to sending your loved one off in style.
- Himalayan Rock Salt Urn: Popular for its healing properties and beautiful finish, Himalayan rock salt is a popular medium for cooking, making lamps, and creating sculptures. As an urn, you can place the vessel in the water and expect it to dissolve within four hours.
- Tree Urn: Make the ultimate gift to the planet by not only disposing of a loved one’s remains responsibly, but by adding to the landscape with a tree. This pod contains the ashes and a seed, which work together to create a semi-permanent and natural memorial.
- Shell Urns: As the name suggests, these water-soluble urns are shaped like seashells and are meant to be carried away at sea. It floats for a few moments before slowly sinking into the water to break down naturally.
- Sand and Gelatin Urns: These specialty urns (made of a unique blend of sand and gelatin) provide a beautifully presented cremation option that breaks down very quickly. In the water, these urns will dissolve within three days; buried in soil, it takes about three months for the decomposition to be complete.
- Cornstarch Urn: This fully biodegradable urn is made of cornstarch (which will break down easily when buried) but designed to last for as long as you want on a mantelpiece or other display area.
- Handmade Paper Urns: If you like the look of handmade paper with pressed flowers and other natural dyes and fabrics, a paper urn could be a good fit. These can be displayed, buried, or set in the water, where they will break down without putting harmful chemicals into the environment.
You can also go for a simpler type of urn (such as a cardboard box, which will also break down over time without putting a strain on the environment). When it comes to saying goodbye to a loved one, there are no shortage of creative—and eco-friendly—solutions. And because so many of these are offered for less than $100, you can save quite a bit of money on funeral costs, as well.
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By Amy Johnson