Biodegradable Urns: An Eco-friendly, Hands-free Option for Scattering Ashes

To honor your loved ones or beloved pets, you may wish to bury their remains in the earth or spread their remains in the sea or over a favorite lake or river using a biodegradable urn.

The advantage of using biodegradable urns is that they are made of 100% natural elements that will not harm the environment. It’s a great choice if the deceased was a lover of nature and the outdoors. In addition to being fabricated in an ecologically friendly manner, they are designed specifically to break down into core components which are harmless to plants, animals, and humans. Depending upon which biodegradable urn you select, after just a few weeks your loved one will have completed his or her circle of life, and be completely safe from discovery by curious dogs and burrowing animals.

Perfect for hunters, fishermen, mountaineers, deep sea divers, and conservationists of all stripes, they also provide a contained, controlled, hands-free method of “scattering,” your loved one’s ashes, ensuring the remains are treated with honor and dignity as they are cleanly and neatly dispersed.

Our biodegradable urns are 100% natural

Our biodegradable urns are made entirely of natural materials, such as clay, sand, and organic proteins and compounds. This means they are 100% biodegradable and ecologically-friendly. Each urn has small holes to help it degrade after burial, or to sink in the case of water burial urns cast to sea.

When you bury one of our biodegradable cremation urns in the soil, it naturally breaks down within an average of 120 days under normal conditions. With higher temperatures and moisture levels, this can happen in as little as 60 days. If you are casting one of our biodegradable urns for water to sea, over a river, or into a lake or pond, the water burial urn will naturally dissolve in three to 48 hours. If the water is hot, the disintegration of a biodegradable urn can take place in as little as one hour.

If you are briefly storing a biodegradable urn before burying it or casting it in water, please store it in a warm, dry space (less than 30 percent humidity, if possible), and avoid sudden temperature changes. Otherwise, your urn may begin peeling, which indicates that the disintegration process is underway.

Ceramic – an alternative biodegradable urn material

All of our ceramic cremation urns can be buried in the soil, and will over time biodegrade completely. Each of our ceramic artists uses earth-friendly glazes and clays, so our ceramic urns break down in an ecologically-friendly manner. Because they are dense and robust, and have other characteristics inherent to the material and process by which they are created, these urns may take significantly longer to disintegrate than the less durable urns described above, which are specifically designed and fabricated to break down more rapidly.

Select a biodegradable cremation urn for an earth-friendly burial

Explore our gallery of biodegradable urns, including ceramic and water soluble urns, to find an earth-friendly vessel for your loved one’s remains. If you have questions about a specific urn, please reach out to our compassionate and caring staff.

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