Understanding Biodegradable Urns

A part of the cremation process is choosing an urn for your remains or the remains of a loved one. The traditional urn options are made of ceramic materials or stainless steel options. These are suitable for most families. However, you may have other options in mind. If you are environmentally minded, then a biodegradable urn may be an ideal option. Here are some things to understand about biodegradable urns before you make your choice on the type you want as part of the cremation services you choose. 

Integration of Biodegradable Urns

For many people, the idea of a biodegradable urn may be appealing for several reasons. The concern for many people comes in with the integration of the urn and the remains inside of the urn. For example, you may wonder if anything will remain from the urns. You may also wonder if using them requires any special steps or maintenance. Depending on the type of biodegradable urn you choose, the amount of time it takes to degrade may vary. However, the key point to know about biodegradable urns is that they degrade and break down, which releases the remains into the earth through a natural process. This also means there is full integration for the urn and remains. 

Placement Locations

You may be concerned about where you can place a biodegradable urn. You may worry they can not be placed in a traditional cemetery plot. The key to remember, when it comes to placement of the urn, is you will have several options. For example, there are biodegradable urns that can be placed in garden areas. These urns contain a small set of seeds for trees or other types of plants. The remains are placed near the seeds, allowing them to become part of the earth and landscape. You will need to ensure with your chosen cremation services that you are within the laws of your local city ordinances for placement. 


You have many choices of materials for a biodegradable urn. Some options are paper mache, biodegradable cardboard, plant-based materials, and even urns that can become part of ocean coral reefs. This allows you to choose a material that fits your environmental goals and belief systems. You can also choose a material that allows you to give back to a certain area of environmental protection and activism. 

When you are ready to make arrangements for your cremation or a loved one's cremation, contact your local cremation service provider. They can walk you through the planning process, paperwork, and any key points you should know. They can also answer any questions you have about the urns they have available or ones you can obtain from a third party in their network. 

Contact a cremation provider near you to learn more.