As the climate crisis continues, many people are looking for more sustainable ways to say farewell to their loved ones after they’ve passed. With many more people choosing to be cremated, and a growing movement towards more eco-friendly products, biodegradable urns are rising in popularity.

In this article, we are going to explore what biodegradable urns are, and how they can benefit the environment.

What is a biodegradable funeral urn?

A biodegradable urn is an ecological vessel used to collect and preserve ashes after the cremation of a deceased person. These urns are made of 100% natural material, which allows it to decompose with the ashes of the deceased inside – making them perfect for a ground or water burial. These environmentally friendly urns provide families with a way to memorialise a passed loved one while at the same time leaving a minimal carbon footprint.

Why choose a biodegradable urn?

Asides from simply storing ashes, biodegradable urns have many benefits and uses. Here are four reasons to choose a biodegradable urn:

1: Environmentally friendly

The first and most obvious advantage is that they are environmentally friendly. They are made up from different materials mainly consisting of sand, salt, corn starch and/or biodegradable recycled paper, all of which are 100% natural and sustainable and will decompose over time, leaving no trace. Biodegradable urns are also consciously decorated with water-based paints, so there isn't even the smallest danger of polluting the environment.

2: Can be used to plant a tree

These urns don't just disintegrate and call it a day. Many biodegradable urns are made with a type of paper material that can have seeds embedded in it, so once it breaks down, can actually create new living things, such as trees - and that is a great way to honour the memory of a loved one.

3: Lower cost

Another advantage to biodegradable urns is that they are cheaper than traditional urns made of rich hardwoods, stone, or metal. For those who wish to have a more affordable send-off, biodegradable urns are a cost-effective solution. At Celebration of Life, as part of our Direct Cremation service, your loved one’s ashes will be returned in a biodegradable urn as standard.

4: Controlled ash scattering

If you wish to place ashes in water, biodegradable urns are a mess-free solution. Bio urns release ash from the bottom to eliminate the risk of wind scattering the ashes all over the place.


Biodegradable urn

Biodegradable Urns: Need further advice?

We hope this gives you some insight on biodegradable urns and the benefits of them. But if you need any further advice on this topic or are looking to arrange a direct cremation, get in touch with our expert team today.

Our simple, fully inclusive pre-paid funeral plan starts at £1,450 and is guaranteed at today’s price – this price includes the cost of the ashes being returned to you in a biodegradable urn. We also offer flexible payment terms up to 5 years, so you can protect your family financially with a more affordable way to pay. We’re available 24/7, whenever you need us and more than happy to help.

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