Turning Dead People Into Materials - Core77:

Spanish industrial designer Gerald Moline can help you spend your next life entwined with a tree. Moline invented the Bios Urn, a kind of biodegradable pot created from coconut shell, peat and cellulose. With your ashes and the seed of your choice placed inside, the entire thing can then be buried.

Once germination takes place, your soul is now in a position to provide some shade—or perhaps lumber—for the next generation.


Urna Bios: The ultimate recycling project

The first biodegradable urn designed to convert you into a tree after death. Available for humans and our animal companions, this urn is fully biodegradable, but with the added value of turning a departed body into air-cleaning, green machine (aka a tree).

Available in Ginkgo, Pine, Maple, Beech, Ash, or the tree seed of your choosing. 

A few FAQs from the Bio Urns site:

What is the Bios Urn?

Urna Bios is a biodegradable urn, designed to turn the ashes of a person or pet into a tree. Thanks to its design and manufacture, the urn provides proper germination and later growth of the tree, based on a person or pet’s ashes. In this way, death becomes a transformation and return to life by means of nature.

Who created it?

Urna Bios was an idea from designer Gerard Moliné, introduced in the year 1997. Later on, in the year 2002, Urna Bios won the ADI FAD medal, and in the year 2005, it was a Top Nominee for the INDEX Award and Premio Expohogar Regalo (Exhihome Gift Award). After several years, and with Roger Moliné joining the team, Urna Bios has become a start-up project that, as of day, has distributed Urna Bios to more than 7,000 people the world over, with more than 28 distributors in several countries, such as the United States, South Africa and Europe.

Who is behind the project?

Urna Bios is a project by estudimoline, a design study located in Barcelona, Catalonia. We have more than 15 years of experience constructing products, brands and experiences with this project.

Currently, we are an independent team of professionals working on Urna Bios. Get to know the Urna Bios team

You can get to know our work, projects, designs, exhibitions and much more on the page www.estudimoline.com

What is the purpose of Bios Urn?

The intent of Urna Bios is to offer users 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. Our company objective is none other than to offer a economic, ecological and sustainable product that falls in line with our group’s philosophy.

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