"Bio is an urn for ashes, which transforms the ritual of death into an act of regeneration and life. It is made of compacted organic material (coconut shell) which is then covered in a layor of celulose containing organic fertiliser. Inside this there is a seed which will later germinate and grow into a tree.

Thanks to the Bio-Urn graveyards would turn into forests filled with life and meaning and the end of our lives would become an act of reconcilation with nature itself. "
[via blog]

Cute idea on the face of it, but I want to know more about the backend. How much energy and material goes into making one of these? What advantage does it have over a cardboard box and the decision to plant a tree on or near the gravesite? Do we need to carry human ashes in an urn for practical reasons or for ritual reasons?


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