All About Biodegradable and Earth Friendly Urns for Burial

All About Biodegradable and Earth Friendly Urns for Burial

Updated on 11/13/2020


As many people seek to live greener lives, continuing that momentum in death is becoming more popular. As a result, biodegradable urns are increasingly in demand.

Cremation is not only budget-friendly, but an eco-friendly option as well and biodegradable urns allow the life to come full circle, returning to nature. Over 50 million people die each year. Traditional burial services can have a very negative environmental impact, but choosing green options such as a bio urn help lessen the impact on the earth. 

Formaldehyde, a chemical often used in traditional embalming practices, is considered harmful by many including by the World Health Organization. Once in the ground it has the potential to seep into the earth, contaminating the ground and water. Biodegradable urns come in many forms, which can be dissolved, disintegrated or decompose naturally.

Here are a few options to consider.

Biodegradable Water  Fern PillowPillow Biodegradable Urns

Pillow type earns urns are 100% biodegradable and water friendly, easy-to-use in the ocean, lake, river or other body of water.  These biodegradable urns are designed to set directly into the water, slipping under peacefully within a few minutes.  They are made with a corn starch water soluble, biodegradable bag, and will dissolve entirely in time under water.

Recycled Biodegradable Urns

Some earns are created from recycled materials and decompose over time in the earth once buried. These biodegradable urns will remain intact if indoors, and will not breakdown until placed in the elements, buried in earth or water.

Box Biodegradable Urns

There are burial urns created with handmade or other naturally sourced paper, often comprised of leaves and pressed flower petals. These burial urns can come in traditional box shapes with biodegradable bags inside, which are safely buried in the ground or in the sea.

Pod Biodegradable Urns

When buried in the earth, new innovative pod urns will return to natural organic material in just a few months. This 100% biodegradable, environmentally-friendly urns are the latest in green cremation and offer a soft, pebbled feel. Then the pod biodegradable urn can be buried or used to scatter ashes on land or in water.footprints-in-the-sand-natural-sand-art-urns-759

Making green, environmentally-conscious decisions in life can now certainly be carried through to the end of life on this earth. Making your wishes known to family beforehand will ensure your desires are carried out and that the green ideals in which you lived your life will follow you through to the end.

There are many organizations that offer funeral information on protecting the earth through environmentally sustainable death care and the reduction of carbon emissions, toxic materials and waste.

Check out our Blog on Biodegradable Urns, or if you have any questions feel free to call us.


Rick Fraser
Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:46

Hi Terri, typically a biodegradable urn will take about 3-5 minutes to sink after being placed into the water. The time it takes to sink may also vary upon the local weather and water condition as well as the weight of the cremated remains. Here is a video that may be helpful to you, showing the process of a peaceful water burial using one of our Biodegradable Peaceful Petal Flower urns:

Susan Fraser

Rick Fraser
Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:55

Hello Joe and Patricia, We are sorry you were having trouble with accessing our website via your iPad. The issue should no longer occur. We try our best to keep our website running correctly and appreciate any feedback with possible errors that may be occurring or ways we may improve, so that our site is easily accessible via any phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. If you may run into any future issues always feel free to give us a call at 800.757.3488 and our customer service representative will be happy to help you.

Thank you for the info!

Susan Fraser

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 19:48

Please advise how long it takes for biofriendly pillow urns to dissolve. We are burying at lake and the water goes down drastically due to dam in teh off season. We do NOT want to see the urn still in tact in the dead of winter - please advise. Thank you.

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 22:05

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