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The Bios Urn: Live on After Death through a Tree

Would you like to live your death through the life of a tree? The Bios Urn, made of 100 percent biodegradable materials, comes with a tree seed and growth medium to help the tree grow. The soil mix is in an expansion compartment in the urn, which increases in size to gradually mix with your ashes. As the urn slowly decomposes, the seed germinates and the tree begins to grow, as your ashes help the tree’s development. The Bios Urn is available at https://urnabios.com and comes with full instructions and a seed of your choice of maple, pine, gingko, beech, or ash (or you can use your own seed). The product has no expiration date. The urn can be used with all of the ashes, or with just a portion of them. It can be used with the ashes of people or of pets.

Urna Bios was an idea from designer Gerard Moliné, introduced in 1997. In 2002, Bios Urn won the ADI FAD medal, and in the year 2005, it was a Top Nominee for the INDEX Award and Exhihome Gift Award. The company says, “The intent of Urna Bios is to offer an alternative for remembering deceased persons in a natural, sustainable fashion, thereby turning the ‘death’ process into regeneration and return to life by means of nature.” Urna Bios is made by a company in Barcelona, Spain, that ships urns worldwide.

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