Biodegradable Urns for Water Burial

by Alex Johnson June 05, 2019 2 min read


"Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin; his control
Stops with the shore…"
- Lord Byron (1810s) 

Romantic British poet, Lord Byron, included these lines as an ode to the ocean, an ode to nature and the beauty, serenity, and exaltation that comes from being surrounded by it. Nature is healing and powerful, it moves and provokes, it inspires and calms, it soothes and excites. It’s no wonder so many individuals have chosen to scatter their ashes into nature.

Oceans, lakes, rivers, and beaches are popular places for both memorial services as well as the release of ashes. It’s often not only the wish of the recently departed, but also serves as a healing location for the bereaved.   



Benefits of Biodegradable Urns


Biodegradable shell urn floating in water with flower petals.


In a time of crucial ecological awareness, it’s also powerful that those who chose to depart by means of the ocean or another body of water, do so in a way that doesn’t cause ecological harm. This is precisely whybiodegradable urns are an ideal choice. The urns decompose naturally over time because of the materials they’re made from, which are non-toxic and made from recycled and natural materials.

In decomposing naturally into the earth, these urns not only don’t cause harm, but they provide a way for the ashes to be preserved for eternity as part of the earth itself. It’s contributing to part of the beautiful cycle of life, death, rebirth, and growth.


Selecting the right Biodegradable Urn 


Biodegradable urn being placed in water by two hands 

Biodegradable urns are available in different materials; all of which are made for the purpose of breaking down in an eco-friendly manner in both soil and water. The more popular options are made from paper but GetUrns offers other options made from sand or gelatin. These come in a variety of sizes, styles, colors, and appearances to suit the personalities and desires of the deceased and bereaved.

Another biodegradable option available are himalayan rock salt urns. These are stunning works of art and are most commonly used in water burials because of their quick ability to dissolve. Each piece is made by hand, giving them a breathtaking quality.


Himalayan rock salt urn being placed in water by two hands.



Whether you’re wanting to scatter the ashes of a loved one into a familiar lake, or your family is planning a beach-side memorial service, there are plenty of options to suit your needs and desires to send your loved one off in the most memorable and significant way desired.