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Biodegradable urns use human remains to grow trees

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 Designers say this biodegradable urn is a green burial alternative that allows one to have "life after death" in the form of a tree.(Gerard Moline / gerardmoline.com)Two industrial designers in Spain have come up with a way for people to continue reducing their own carbon footprint, even after they die.

The eco-friendly Bios Urn, designed by Martin Azua and Gerard Moline, is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shells, compacted peat and cellulose. Inside the urn is a seed.

Cremated human remains are placed into the urn alongside the seed and buried.

As a good source of phosphorous, human remains help to fertilize the seed, which will eventually germinate and grow into a tree.

Depending on where a person would like to be planted, they can choose which type of tree or plant they eventually will become part of.

For all that we've heard about technology-assisted immortality in recent years, the idea of having a person's ashes turned into a tree may seem quaint, but according to the designers that's kind of the point.

"Bios Urn transforms the burial ritual in a regeneration and return to life through nature. As a result, cemeteries become forests," writes Moline on his website.

Azua already has plans for his own cremation.

"I would like to be buried in a Bios Urn in a forest in the Basque country," he told Discovery News.

Would you consider a Bios Urn for a final resting place?



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