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What Is the Bios Urn?

Updated on October 17, 2017

Bios Urn -- Come Back as a Tree!

I know this topic is a little grim, but there's a new product that might, to paraphrase Shakespeare, make Death wonder a little where its sting has gone. The Bios Urn is a receptacle for earthly cremains, meaning your post-cremation ashes, that doubles as a planting pot for a tree. Developed by Spanish designers Martin Azua and Gerard Moline, the Bios Urn is one of several "green urn" options that return your remains to nature in a meaningful way. This article talks a little about the Bios Urn as a thoughtful way to respectfully return a person's earthly remains to the earth itself.

What Is the Bio Urn Made Of?

The Bios Urn is a "green," biodegradable receptacle constructed from coconut shell, which is a natural carbon-based material. Inside is a compacted peat-moss base, and a space for cremains, i.e. ashes, to be placed. This provides an ideal growing medium for the tree or plant that you choose based on where the memorial plant will grow. For some people, the idea of having a growing tree instead of a tombstone to mark their final resting place is an appealing choice.

Bios Urn Basics

The Bios Urn is priced at under $250 USD. Shipping and variety of plant will affect the price. You can find more information about ordering a Bios Urn here at this website.

Martin Azua
Martin Azua

Martin Azua and Gerard Moline

The Designers Behind the Bios Urn

Martin Azua was born in in 1965 in the Basque Country, and currently resides and works in Barcelona. Azua studied Architecture and "Design of Ephemeral Installations," which sounds like a pretty amazing field of study -- for beautiful examples of this kind of work, have a look at this Pinterest board. His work has been exhibited at such prestigious sites as New York's MOMA, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Royal Institute of British Architects London. Azua also designed the medals for the 2003 Barcelona World Swimming Championships.

Gerard Moline was born in Barcelona in 1977. He graduated from the Design School Elisava. Moline has worked on experimental design that has been featured in many exhibitions as well as publications.


A Touch of Immortality...

When our time is up, we now have the option of being a part of the huge living power of a tree. Trees are universal symbols of life and endurance. Trees host entire communities of birds, insects, and mammals in their branches. With the cool Bios Urn, you and I can be a part of that power. Although we won't necessarily know it, we'll roll around the planet as part of a living, growing community of plants and animals.

Giulio Romano (1499–1546) -- Allegoria dell'immortalità



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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      I have to admit At first I found this a bit creepy, but by the end I was quite taken with the idea of truly being returned back to nature.

      thank you for opening my mind too a truly beautiful idea