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Natural Burial Urns for an Environmentally Friendly Funeral

Saying the final “farewell” to a much loved family member or friend is one of the hardest things that you will ever have to do. However, it is one of the things that everyone has to go through in their life. Surround yourself with family and friends for support and don’t be afraid to talk about how you feel.


Making funeral arrangements in particular can be made so much easier if you have the support of your family. When choosing an urn, a biodegradable urn is a good option for a more environmentally friendly memorial service and burial. Brass, wood or glass urns are ideal for keeping in the home, but if you want to bury you loved one in a dignified and natural way then there are a variety of biodegradable urns you can choose from.

Why Get A Biodegradable Urn?

Environmentally Friendly

Urns that break down in soil or water are great if you are conscious about saving the environment and want your loved one to have a beautifully natural burial. Burying biodegradable urns in the earth means that they will disintegrate into the soil along with your loved one’s ashes so that they can rejoin nature. If you are doing a sea burial with this type of urn, it will float and then slowly sink and eventually become one with the water. These types of urns are always made out of natural materials so that they cause no harm to the environment when they break down.

Quickly Breakdown

Depending on the moisture and temperature of the earth in which you bury the urn, it can be broken down within a year so that your loved one returns to nature after the burial. The urns will leave nothing behind and is therefore a perfect way of saying goodbye to a loved one.

Suitable For Travel

All biodegradable urns are light and made from lightweight materials. This means that they are easy to transport if you are planning on doing a sea burial for your loved one or simply taking the urn to a different location to bury the ashes. When travelling via air, they can also be easily scanned by airport security so that it doesn’t look like you’re carrying anything suspicious. If you are taking an urn with you on a flight, it is a good idea to check with the airline first so that you’re not breaking any customs rules.

Easier Than Scattering

Scattering ashes can be restricted in terms of where and when you can perform the scattering ceremony. However, ashes contained in an urn are a lot more friendly for the environment and therefore are much easier to find burial places for.

How Do I Choose A Biodegradable Urn?


Biodegradable urns are strong yet light and can be made out of a range of materials including cornstarch, sand and gelatin, salt, or recycled paper and paper clay. The sand or salt materials used to create the shape of the urn means that you can have an urn that has a traditional shape without picking a heavy material.


One of the other lovely things about biodegradable urns is not only their light weight and their friendliness to the environment, but also the fact that they can be made into any shape that you like. Some look like parcels, whereas others have the more traditional cylindrical urn shape. There are even some more novelty shapes such as hearts or sea shells which are ideal if you want something a little different.


Biodegradable urns are generally made with natural materials which means the colors that are created are quite earthy. Pastel shades such as greens, blues, creams or pinks are also popular choices. However, you can request specific colors if you want.


Have a price in mind before you buy – biodegradable urns can cost between $30 and $250 depending on details, size and materials that it is made from.


You can get floral or star prints on the outer surface of the urn or you can opt for a tranquil landscape image which can be printed on scattering tubes or any shaped urn that you like for a calming and peaceful effect.

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