Return to the Earth: The Biodegradable Urn

Cremation is a popular choice for many who consider it to be less costly and more environmentally friendly. Green options in burial and crematory urns are a must for those who want a more eco-conscience end and end of life remembrance.

With all of the options in crematory urns, we’re beginning to see more in biodegradable urns that minimize the impact on the earth. The team at Miller Funeral Services and Cremation Society of Texas is here to explain a bit more about biodegradable urns, their benefits, and how to determine the right one for you.

The Biodegradable Urn

While the traditional urn is still a wonderful choice for a permanent display, there is a growing appeal for urns that can become a part of the earth. This is because more people are choosing to have their cremated remains scattered at sea, on the wind, in the soil, and other beautiful places in nature.

Biodegradable urns are generally made of paper, bamboo, bark, or cornstarch in order to break down over time. Certain materials can be engraved, such as bamboo or bark, while others may be too fragile for inscription. The biodegradable urn, unlike metal or stone, is composed of natural or recycled materials, suitable for release in any environment.

Choosing the Right Biodegradable Urn

The right choice in urn depends on where you intend to release your loved one’s ashes. If by sea or lake, there are several options that disintegrate in water within two days to up to three months, such as the Shell, the Lily, or the simple EcoUrn made of recycled paper.

These water scattering urns are designed to float on the surface before descending to the final resting ground of the sea or lake floor. This can be particularly poignant for those who loved the water, lived close to the ocean, or were drawn to its beauty.

Returning your loved one to the earth is a powerful statement of truly allowing the life and death cycle to find completion. Knowing that your loved one’s cremated remains, which contain nutrients and minerals that enrich the soil, is a beautiful expression. The full circle of life is gracefully expressed through this memorial.

Earth biodegradable urns use materials that are non-toxic, avoiding plastics or chemicals that might contaminate the soil. The composition of these urns often include paper and recycled materials, as well as natural items like Himalayan salt.

Most of the earth urns are designed to degrade in less than a year’s time, and faster in humid regions and wet terrains. A few options in earth biodegradables, are The Living Urn and this beautiful designed gourd.

Why Choose a Biodegradable Urn

If you are looking for a more natural way to say your final farewells, water scattering and earth based urns are wonderful choices. Minimizing harm to the environment is something that compels most of us, and these memorial urns are heartfelt and connected to what is most important, creating a legacy of eco-consciousness and love for nature.

Some of the other advantages of choosing this type of urn over the traditional include:

  1. It’s an eco-friendly choice. Maintaining your commitment to an environmentally friendly approach to end of life, the biodegradable urn is both lovely and responsible. It can also make you feel closer to your loved one because you are maintaining a passion for the environment in your memorial recognition.

  2. Avoid the act of scattering on the wind. By containing the remains in a biodegradable urn, you can help minimize the emotions so often associated with the act of air-borne scattering.

  3. It’s unique, like your loved one. There are so many options in designs, from shell to turtle, from minimal to elegant, that your memorial urn can be a special statement about their life.


We hope we have answered some of your questions about what a biodegradable urn is and why it’s a fantastic choice for the eco-friendly. If we can help you select the right urn for your loved one, please do not hesitate to call us.

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