Written by Alex Y.
You don’t find many designers thinking about creative ways for you to leave this world in an eco-friendly way. But in reality biodegradable urns represent a growing segment in the cremation urn industry where environmentally friendly urns are in demand. Spanish designer MartinAzua has combined the romantic notion of life after death with an Eco solution to the dirty business of the actual, you know, transition.
His BiosUrn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer.
So, would you rather leave a tomb stone behind or a tree?
Personally, I thought this was very interesting! I never even considered this to be a possibility let alone something that could help our environment. Who knew that human ashes could be turned into a tree? I’m curious to see what other people feel about this concept and if they think they would be open to this idea. I’m not sure how I feel about this personally. While I love the idea of replenishing the earth and I find it fascinating that something like our own ashes can do this, it’s difficult to wrap my head around the idea that human ashes can be grown as a tree. “You don’t find many designers thinking about creative ways for you to leave this world in an Eco-friendly way.” I really like this line as I think it’s a thought that most people don’t have. Not necessarily the the “leaving this world” part, but the part about designers thinking of creative and Eco-friendly ways to help the world. Everyone has this anonymous power within themselves that allows them to create and to think. It’s so often taken for granted and I think this article is a prime example of what a little thinking outside the box can do. Can you come up with some simple Eco-friendly ideas that could have the potential to do great things for our world?