Death, for the Eco-Conscious

Leave it to my rational younger brother (he’s a tech entrepreneur, after all) to find a reasonable, eco-friendly solution for the death of everyone in my family (and no, it’s not as ominous as it sounds): Let us be trees!

Bios Urn, an eco-friendly alternative for death

Earlier today, he sent me and my parents a link to an urn that turns your ashes into a tree. Product designer Gerard Moline has created Bios Urn, a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose. Inside there’s your remains and the seed of a tree.

It can be planted and then the seed germinates. You can even choose the type of plant you’d like to become, depending on your planting space.

In response, I’m proposing to my family that we buy a small plot of land in New England and plant our ‘death trees’ there. After several generations, we’ll have not only a beautiful forest, but a place for our descendants and others to visit that will remind them of us and the beauty that exists in the world. Sure beats an overcrowded, impersonal cemetery.

(Legalese: the Bios Urn is a patented design of Estudimoline, the design company of Gerard Moline, a Catalan artist and product designer who designed Bio Urn for animals in 1999. http://patentados.com/invento/urna-biodegradable.html)

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About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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One Response to Death, for the Eco-Conscious

  1. thefeargirls says:

    This is such a good idea. Way better then being turned into a diamond (they totally do that) or having your remains shot into space (I’m pretty sure they do that too).

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