By: Amanda Froelich,
The rule of life is that “all is change”, and if there is one permanent truth, it’s that every living being will eventually die. And while this may be a frightening notion for some, it’s a truth that is not shared to spread fear, but only hint on the impermanence of everything in the Universe.
But regardless of one’s beliefs of “after death”, a new sort of Urn can inspire re-birth through it’s innovative and eco-friendly design. The intriguing concept was created by Gerard Moline, a former worker in the funeral business. Knowing he could create a more ‘interesting’ way to help others “leave this world”, he invented a cheap and eco-friendly urn that can not only sprout a tree, but offer a much less costly method of burial for a very expensive business.
The new Bios Urn is made from coconut shell, as well as compacted peat and cellulose. Inside the urn comes a seed for a tree – and there are even various options of ‘what kind of tree’ you’d like to be when you grow up. Pun intended.
Moline’s concept is not only beneficial for the Earth, but the consumer’s wallet and remains. The average cost of a funeral, including burial options, can charge a family between $7,000 and $10,000, but that can also increase depending on chosen options.
Cremation, however, can cost about $2,500, and with the Bios Urn, can be an affordable alternative for an otherwise costly service. It’s an ingenious concept that may contribute to a greener, cleaner Earth.
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