Cremated Remains Information Bureau



Cremated remains or ashes are usually returned from the crematoria in a temporary container of some description. A funeral director will normally transfer them to an urn or a scatter tube.


Biodegradable Urns

Made from environmentally friendly, non-toxic materials are fast becoming one of the most popular choices. In general they will be hand made and fully degrade without causing any harm or contamination to the environment. They can be made out of materials such as:

Organic compost, Cornstarch, Paper, Mulberry bark, Earthenware clay, Unglazed ceramic, Solid Wood and Wicker

Most biodegradable urns are suitable for land and sea scattering, interment or temporary indoor display. They will hold cremated remains safe until facilitation to a final resting place takes place.

Natural Capsula

An egg shaped, biodegradable urn, the base of which unscrews to house ashes is buried in the ground with a young tree or sapling planted directly above it. When the capsule degrades the remains are infused with the earth and nourishes the tree or sapling promoting growth.


Traditional Urns

Urns are lidded containers used to hold cremated remains or ashes. Cremated remains are initially returned to the funeral director’s or collected from the crematorium in a temporary container, usually a biodegradable box or plastic urn. If you have purchased an urn from the funeral directors they will transfer the ashes to it prior to your collection of them.

There are numerous types of urns available, made from lots of different materials and come in no end of colours, shapes and sizes. Choosing the perfect urn can often be confusing, so it’s imperative that you are aware of any restrictions certain sites may have. For example, if the urn’s going to be interred in a natural burial site a sustainably produced or biodegradable urn would be most appropriate.

We advise that you research on the internet for all of the various options available.


Non Traditional Urns

Bios Urn

This urn claims to provide life after death. Its creators have said that they have designed it for customers and not the funeral industry. It respects the environment and is reported to be 100% biodegradable as well as suitable to grow any type of tree.

Bios urn cannot be used in a natural burial site as it comes in kit form. The provenance of the young tree or sapling and the contents of the soil mix cannot be guaranteed.

The jury is out on this one as to if this will actually work?

There is a healthy skepticism amongst Arboriculturalists who doubt that planting young tree or sampling so close to ashes provides a healthy environment to promote growth.