Biodegradable Cremation Urns
Honor your loved ones’ environmental concerns and wishes with a biodegradable urn from OneWorld Memorials. People who wish for their remains to be cremated do so for a variety of reasons, and one of the more common ones, especially over the last few decades, deal with environmental stewardship. Not wishing to occupy a piece of land, they instead wish to either reconnect with the environment or prevent being a burden upon it.
This emotion runs the gamut of religious beliefs. Christians turn to Genesis, which tells us “For we are dust, and to dust we shall return.” Those who aren’t religious find comfort in Carl Sagan’s lesson of how “the cosmos is in us, we are made of star stuff.”
Biodegradable cremation urns give those nature-minded loved ones a unique way of honoring their wishes. Whether someone wishes to be part of a tree’s growth or become part of a lake or ocean, we can help you honor that request thoughtfully and respectfully.
A biodegradable urn is a unique way to cherish memories of a loved one and to honor their wish for an eco-friendly send-off. OneWorld Memorials has carefully gathered all the decomposable urns that we carry in this selection, offering statues, boxes and other kinds of meaningful vessels to suit any memorial need. Urns of this kind disintegrate when buried in earth or immersed in water, gently dispersing the ashes and simultaneously honoring a loved one as he or she becomes one with nature and returns to the earth.
Ecological urns can hold special significance for anyone that appreciates the raw beauty of nature – vessels or small tokens that can open a window to all of earth. Maybe it’s the sight of a bird drifting into the serene landscape, the rush of a babbling creek or the hum of waves breaking on the shore. Nature holds a special place in each of our hearts, so it’s no surprise that a loved one would want to be remembered in this way.
We took great care in compiling a selection of biodegradable cremation urns and this selection features many of the finest sustainable materials available, formed into familiar shapes that can be found all around us in nature. If your loved one was a champion of the environment or just wanted to minimize their footprint after death, a biodegradable cremation urn may be a great choice.
Biodegradable Burials Surge in Popularity
Cremation recently surpassed burial as the most popular choice for end-of-life services. Among cremation memorials, biodegradable urns are one of the most popular options for lovers of the earth. With growing environmental concerns, people are ever more conscious about the way they impact the earth, even after death. Rather than requesting a traditional burial, your loved one may be best memorialized with an urn made of sustainable materials to ensure fewer consequences to our natural resources.
Traditional burials require embalming, which is achieved using cancer-causing chemicals such as formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and phenol. Caskets are often made from mined metals or endangered woods, and they interfere with natural decomposition, attracting sulfur-loving bacteria that can endanger nearby water sources.
We offer biodegradable cremation urns for both land and sea. In either case, the urn will deteriorate and naturally disperse any ashes contained within, minimizing the impact on the environment. Many of these urns can also last for years before starting to degrade if you decide against burial. We proudly offer a stunning selection of earth-friendly urns, including an array of sizes, materials, styles, and themes.
Environmentally Friendly Materials
These ecological urns are designed to naturally disintegrate when buried in the ground or in water. This assortment includes urns made out of recycled paper, salt, sand, corn, palm leaves, tree bark, and other plant-based materials. Because these earth-friendly materials can be so easily shaped, you will be amazed to discover what a wide variety of designs we have available. Tree burial is another option that goes one step further than sustainable – aiding the environment in an observable way. Depending on which design you choose, these earth-friendly options can grow into a tree or help to nourish one close by. Don’t be fooled by the name -- just because these urns are eco-friendly and are made from biodegradable materials, they're just as lovely as other types of urns and some are even suitable for display.
For more information on how biodegradable urns are made or how to decide whether a biodegradable burial is right for you, refer to our helpful planning guide: Green Burials - A Growing Trend.
Variety of Choices in Choosing an Urn
Our diverse selection of biodegradable cremation urns includes designs that are specially made for burials at sea. These urns can effortlessly float before gently sinking and disintegrating, making them the ideal choice for releasing into the sea. If your loved one preferred the water, look no further than our sea turtle or seashell urns to find a befitting memorial. Make your cremation ceremony into something special for the whole family. Our memento urns include biodegradable note cards, so that family members can compose messages.
In addition to classic urns, we also offer a variety of scattering tubes for ashes, keepsakes, and so much more. We are committed to our customers and doing everything we can to be of service during this difficult time. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us toll-free to speak with a member of our customer service team.
How did your loved one enjoy the world around us? Contact us today: We love hearing about the people you love, and can help you honor their wishes and leave their legacy for generation after generation to enjoy.