Biodegradable Urns

Water or earth biodegradable urns can be chosen for burial or scattering. We offer urns in a wide range of materials, including handmade paper, sand and gelatin, cornstarch, bamboo, and recycled paper. Many come in a variety of colors and styles, allowing the utmost in personal choice and personalization.

If multiple family members or loved ones want to participate in scattering, or create their own small memorials, keepsake-size urns allow these options. A number of Passages urns come in mini or keepsake sizes. Individual urn descriptions will note if they are available in a smaller sizes.

Water Biodegradable Urns are designed specifically for burial at sea and will float briefly before sinking gracefully. They are sustainably produced with a variety of natural materials, including recycled paper, rock salt, gelatin and sand. The length of time each urn takes to sink depends on the urn, the weight of cremated remains and local water conditions. The urns are designed to biodegrade quickly and naturally once placed in water, some in as little as 4 hours.

These urns meet federal regulations requiring all containers used for burials at sea be 100% biodegradable. Check with local agencies to ensure that you are following all appropriate federal and local guidelines or regulations, such as distance from the shore.

If multiple family members or loved ones want to participate in scattering, or create their own small memorials, mini or keepsake size urns make this posible. Individual urn descriptions will note if they are also available in a smaller size.

Because most are crafted by hand from natural and sustainable materials, they may vary slightly in size, shape and appearance. Each urn comes with a water soluble bag into which the cremated remains must be placed. 

Earth Biodegradable Urns are designed to degrade over time, depending on the material chosen and environmental conditions. Generally, the more moisture in the soil, the quicker the urn will biodegrade, although several other factors including burial depth and general health of the soil must also be considered. This collection of urns is suitable for scattering, biodegradable burial or the temporary storage of cremated remains. Please read the individual product details to help you decide which urn will meet your needs.

The Passages Collection of Earth Biodegradable Urns features a unique assortment of sustainably crafted, handmade paper, cornstarch and bamboo urns. No trees are cut down to produce the urns. Since they are crafted by hand from natural and sustainable materials, each may vary slightly in size, shape and appearance. Urns are supplied with a water-soluble bag into which the cremated remains must be placed.