Green Burial :: Choosing An Eco Urn
|By Michael d'Estries in Conservation, Green Products | July 25, 2006|
So, you loathe the idea of being buried in a traditional cemetery, but don’t really want to wait to turn to dust in an eco-cemetery; leaving crematation as your best bet. Sure, it wastes a hell of a lot of energy, but you’ve offset most of your life and feel it’s the best option. Well, Treehugger has put together a list of some cool accessories to lessen your impact in death for those looking to be cremated. Most conventional urns are made from metal or precious hardwoods. These particular urns are eco-friendly and biodegradable. Take for instance, the Bios Urn. This concept is made out of compacted coconut shells with a layer of organic fertilizer. Inside the urn is a seed that will germinate upon burial and grow into a tree (with your assistance, of course.) There’s also Barcelona-based, Econatur, which makes urns made of ‘animal origin gelatines and arid materials.’ One wonders if you could make Jello from these urns as well. Gelatin=urn, um, nevermind. These urns will biodegrade in less than 24 hours if placed in a high-humidity location (my bedroom sans AC or the ocean) or about three months if placed in the ground. Visit Treehugger’s site or the Urn sites below for more information on these two innovative options for cremation burial.
Link: The Bios Urn | Econatur Eco Urn | via Treehugger