Pros and Cons of Biodegradable Cremation Urns - 2023 Edition

Biodegradable Urns: Pros and Cons in 2023 Blog by Pulvis Art Urns

One of the biggest benefits of choosing cremation over a traditional burial undoubtedly is the fact that it’s way more beneficial for the environment. Coffins not only cost thousands of dollars, they’re also sealed and treated with chemicals that definitely should not be seeping into the ground. Burial also takes up precious space in urban areas, as this is becoming a large scale problem. 

Biodegradable urns are eco-friendly alternatives to traditional urns, as they are designed to decompose naturally over time.

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Cremation beats all of these downsides and then some, making it the go to choice for environmentalists and nature lovers. An emerging new trend of biodegradable urns takes already eco-friendly cremation up a notch.

What Are Biodegradable Urns?

Biodegradable urns, also known as eco urns, are urns that will decompose overtime if they are exposed to the natural elements. If you want a long lasting keepsake, eco urns probably aren’t the best bet, but they’re a good choice in some other ways. Check out these two popular biodegradable urn options to see if an eco urn is the right choice for you.

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Bio Urns

Although bio urns are actually designed to be buried underground, they do still hold the ashes of your loved one. So if you’re going to bury the urn, why not just do a traditional burial? Because bio urns come with an added surprise.

Bio urns contain a seed and all natural fertilisers that will grow your loved one’s favourite tree out of their ashes. When you bury ashes in a bio urn, you’re giving back to nature by planting a new tree and honouring the cycle of life by giving new life to the earth.

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Bio urns have been growing in popularity in the US because they allow you to create a growing, dynamic memorial to you loved one, while remaining conscious of the environment. By planting a tree, not only is you loved one memorialised, you’re also enhancing the beauty of the world around them. A perfect tribute for a beautiful soul.

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Water urns are biodegradable urns designed for water burials. They’ll float at the surface of the water for a while, allowing you the chance to say goodbye, before sinking to the bottom and naturally decomposing.

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Water urns aren’t just a good choice for the lovers of the natural world, they’re also perfect for those of the Sikh and Hindu faiths. In these religious practices, both cremation and water burial are mandated. Traditionally, Hindus must return to India to spread the ashes into the Ganges River. For most people, this isn’t practical, so water urns are a perfect option for Sikhs and Hindus living outside of India.

The Cons of Biodegradable Cremation Urns

Many people choose cremation because it allows them to have a memorial or keepsake for their loved one in their own home. With biodegradable urns, you release your loved one to the natural world, a powerful message, but not the right choice for everyone.

If you want a memorial for your home that still reflects the uniqueness and beauty of your loved one, ceramic art urns might be a better choice. Not only are they durable and long lasting, as opposed to eco urns, they’re also made of natural clay, so caring for the environment won’t be a worry.

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The Pros of Biodegradable Cremation Urns

Biodegradable urns come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and materials, including recycled paper, salt, sand, and plant fibers. This provides a range of options to choose from, depending on personal preferences and the intended use of the urn.

Many cremation urns are designed to be easily transported and used in a variety of settings, such as scattering ceremonies, burial, or water immersion.

Biodegradable cremation urns are made of materials that break down over time and do not harm the environment. This is particularly important for those who are environmentally conscious and want to minimize their impact on the planet.


Is Ceramic Eco Friendly ?

Ceramic can be an eco-friendly material, depending on how it is produced and used. Here are some factors to consider buying a ceramic urn:

Ceramic urns are made from natural materials such as clay, sand, and water. These materials are abundant and renewable, making ceramic a sustainable choice.

Ceramic products are often durable and long-lasting, which means they don't need to be replaced as frequently as other materials.

The production of ceramic typically requires less energy than the production of other materials, such as plastic or metal.

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Overall, biodegradable cremation urns offer a range of benefits, including environmental benefits, versatility, affordability, and convenience. However, it's important to consider their limitations and suitability for individual needs and preferences before making a decision to buy a biodegradable cremation urn.

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