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Info on Biodegradable Urn Materials

A biodegradable urn is a type of eco friendly which is gaining huge popularity in the market. Biodegradable urn can be further categorized into land burial biodegradable cremation urn, water or sea burial biodegradable cremation urn and scattering urn. The main feature of such urns is that only eco-friendly materials are used for making these types of urns.


Common eco-friendly materials used for biodegradable urns include:

  • Leaves
  • Handmade paper
  • Tree bark and natural untreated wood
  • Bamboo
  • Compressed newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Willow 
  • Sea grass
  • Rock Salt
  • Sand and gelatin
  • Cornstarch
  • Other natural and recycled materials

All these materials are sturdy enough to be handled and traveled with. These materials ensure full protection of the cremated remains until you decide whether you will go for land burial, sea burial or scatter the ashes from a height.

Water or earth biodegradable urns can be chosen for burial or scattering. Most of the water or earth biodegradable urns are made of materials like handmade paper, rock salt, sand and gelatin, cornstarch, bamboo, and recycled paper. Many come in a variety of colors and styles, allowing the utmost in personal choice and personalization.  The urns designed for water dispersions remian on the water body for a few minutes and then begin to descend soon. Within two to three days, these urns will fully degrade and ultimately rest on the sea floor. All the urns that are designed for water burial can also be used for earth burial.

For land burial, the biodegradable urn will take about a year to completely disintegrate. The time may vary depending upon the climate and environment of the area where the burial has taken place. Generally, if the soil has more moisture, the urn buried in it biodegrade quickly. However, several other factors including burial depth and general health of the soil also need to be considered. Many of these urns can also be used for either temporary or long-term storage of cremated remains or for scattering of ashes from a height.

Before you place an order for a biodegradable urn, it is advisable to check with your state and local laws. For scattering or burying of cremated remains, different states follow different types of rules and regulations. By having knowledge of the laws in your state, it will become easier for you to make a final decision. 

The different varieties of biodegradable urns provide an earth-friendly way to honor your loved ones. This ‘eco-friendly’ trend has certainly affected almost every industry, including the memorial industry and has certainly revolutionized the cremation process.

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