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The Bios Urn Gives the Dead New Life

Let’s face it: preparing for one’s death can be a real hassle. Between planning the estate, delegating power of attorney, and the old ‘whole vs. term’ life insurance debate, it’s nearly impossible to find time for the things that really matter.

Two years ago, these gentlemen invented Bios Urn – a 100-percent biodegradable container for human ashes rendered from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose.

A tree seed is contained inside the container, which is roughly the size of a paint can. Ashes contain significant amounts of phosphorous, an element known to spur healthy plant growth.

So all it takes is a couple sprinkles of Nana and Pop Pop, and that seed will expand and a healthy sapling will be growing in a matter of weeks. Once the tree reaches a certain height (typically one and a half feet, but varies by tree species), then it’s ready to be planted in the earth.

But you’re a consumer, and you like multiple choices when it comes to burial options that enable tree growth. So if the Bios Urn isn’t your cup of tea, then why not consider a Spirit Tree.

This design follows the same principles as Bios Urn, but presents the results in a much simpler aesthetic. The Spirit Tree is comprised of two parts: an “organic bottom shell” that houses the ashes and a “chemically inert, weathering cover” that protects the sapling during its early stages.

As soon as the roots grow strong enough, the ceramic cover is broken and the tree sprouts henceforth.