Organic urns are increasingly becoming a desired option for families looking to bury loved ones while making minimal impact on the environment. Made of biodegradable materials such as sand and recycled paper, these “green” alternatives help conserve natural resources while preserving land space. They are an ideal solution for people who want to make an environmentally conscious burial choice. Their Eco-friendly nature provides a meaningful way to honor people who lived their life by being responsible to the planet.
How Are Organic Urns Used?
Families seeking sustainable, green burial options can use organic urns for scattering over water, land burial and as a temporary indoor display. Because they are made of organic material, these urns are safely reabsorbed into soil or water without the use of chemicals. They are designed to gradually breakdown through natural processes in an outdoor environment. They also withstand the elements if kept inside and will remain in tact until buried or placed in water.
What Are They Made of?
The Green Burial Council considers urns made of nontoxic, biodegradable materials, which have been harvested in non-detrimental manner, appropriate for a green burial. Natural materials like renewable wood, wildflowers, recycled papers and sand are often accented and customized with beautiful leaves and petals.
How Much Do They Cost?
Organic urns come in a variety of prices. Generally, urns made of 100% natural materials do not cost any more than standard cremation urns made from man-made materials.
How Quickly Do They Breakdown?
Although exact breakdown time depends on the climate and Mother Nature, it takes about a year for organic urns to biodegrade when used for a land burial. Urns created for water burial are designed to float for about five to ten minutes before gracefully descending under water. The length of floating time ranges depending on the weight of the urn and the roughness of the water. Once the urn slips underwater, it takes about 2 or 3 days to fully biodegrade.
Many families gain a sense of peace knowing that they are adhering to a natural process that has been done for thousands of years. Organic cremation memorials provide a unique way to graciously recognize a loved ones passing while honoring their distinct personality.