There are various different types of biodegradable cremation containers, so you need to be sure you choose the right one for you. The main types are:
Read about the different types below and see our recommendations from our reliable partners:
Some biodegradable urns are only designed for land burial or decorative use, so make sure to read the manufacturer's details to make sure that the container is suitable for sinking in water.
Also be sure to have the cremains transferred into the biodegradable bag which comes with water burial urns otherwise the container won't sink and the remains won't biodegrade into the environment.
Your funeral director will be happy to assist you in transferring your beloved's ashes.
Here are a few beautiful handmade containers we have found which will do a great job of transporting your loved one to their final resting place in the deep.
Blue Shell Urn
Send your loved one on their final ocean journey in this beautiful shell. A fitting design for a sea burial. It is hand crafted and painted in non-toxic water based paints.
Each shell includes a donation to The Ocean Conservancy to support marine wildlife.
It is designed to float for a few minutes and then gently float to the ocean floor where it will harmlessly break down.
Lotus Flower Urn
A beautiful, ethereal lotus flower adorns this urn by Laura Bruzzese. It is made by traditional artisans in San Miguel de Allende and ships worldwide.
The urn will gracefully float out on the water and slowly sink to the bottom, breaking down completely harmlessly.
Large Aqua Pillow
This simple pillow shape is by Perfect Memorials and is a fitting resting place for your loved one. You can keep it for treasures and keepsakes, or sink it with the interior bag. It will only break down on contact with water or earth.
Available in many colours and ships to most countries worldwide.
This is the large size. Buy here.
Most decorative urns are suitable for display as well as for land burial and will never start to decay until they are placed in the earth. There are several types of biodegradable cremation containers suitable for land burial, including boxes, heart shaped urns, sharing urns and the classic grecian urn.
Pretty Petal Box
Beautiful petals adorn this large box urn from Perfect Memorials.
Made from the bark of a living tree, this paper is totally sustainable and breaks down once buried in the earth.
Suitable for air transportation and for land burial or display.
The Grecian Urn by Perfect Memorials comes in lots of different colours and also in a wood grain look.
These can be displayed in the home until you are ready to bury them in the place of your choice.
A beautiful and environmentally friendly biodegradable cremation container.
The idea of our loved one turning into a living tree and their remains nourishing it's roots is a comforting thought. The continuation of life through nature's cycles and seasons gives us an eternal and everlasting reminder of our beloved. It also helps the earth and our environment for generations to come.
There are several different tree urns on the market and we have suggested the best below:
The Bios Urn
A gift of rebirth and regeneration for your loved one. What a fitting tribute and a lasting memorial.
The Bios Urn includes seeds for a majestic pine tree and a growing medium to ensure germination. Plant it wherever you would like. If you don't have room for a pine tree, you can substitute the seeds for whatever tree or plant you prefer.
The Living Urn
The Living Urn comes with a seedling instead of just a seed and you can choose from a larger range of different trees to suit your climate. It means that you have to plant it straight away, but it gives it a higher chance of survival.
The kit includes a growing medium and wood chips, and an additional bamboo urn for you to keep as a memento and store keepsakes such as photos or locks of hair.
This one is only available in the USA because of the living plant.
Most of the urns we have shared here can be kept for as long as you like before carrying out a burial either on land or sea. None of them will start to biodegrade until they contact water or the earth.
These urns are hand made from sustainable materials which do not damage the environment. It is a fitting resting place for a loved one to be surrounded by natural products which will eventually return to the earth along with them.
These are some of the prettiest biodegradable urns which you may wish to display and keep close to you for as long as it feels right for you.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
We had that song played at my father's funeral, so it has added meaning for us.
The striking design of the pink rainbow is also by Muses Design Urns.
Order from Etsy and have it shipped worldwide from Canada.Remember that person who lit up your world with this beautiful urn
Infant Cremation Urns
This special pure white baby's cradle urn has a secret compartment containing a freshwater pearl.
Here you can add flowers, mementos, a lock of hair or a photo. You can also adorn the cradle with flowers or a treasured piece of blanket or toy.