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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:57 AM

 

This Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die

This Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die
by Teodora Zareva
May 6, 2011, 11:50 PM
Bios3

You don't find many designers working in the funeral business thinking about more creative ways for you to leave this world (and maybe they should be). However, the product designer Gerard Moline has combined the romantic notion of life after death with an eco solution to the dirty business of the actual, you know, transition.

His Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer.



Editor's Note: The Bios Urn is a patented design of Estudimoline, the design company of Gerard Moline, a Catalan artist and product designer who designed Bio Urn for animals in 1999. http://patentados.com/invento/urna-biodegradable.html

http://bigthink.com/design-for-good/this-awesome-urn-will-turn-you-into-a-tree-after-you-die

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Reply This Awesome Urn Will Turn You into a Tree After You Die (Original post)
HarveyDarkey Feb 2013 OP
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #1
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #3
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #23
Robb Feb 2013 #27
MFM008 Feb 2013 #2
oldhippydude Feb 2013 #4
Summer Hathaway Feb 2013 #5
Bernardo de La Paz Feb 2013 #12
Behind the Aegis Feb 2013 #6
Gore1FL Feb 2013 #7
Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #8
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2013 #9
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #10
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2013 #11
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #13
NBachers Feb 2013 #14
0rganism Feb 2013 #16
DeSwiss Feb 2013 #15
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #17
RudynJack Feb 2013 #18
eShirl Feb 2013 #19
hobbit709 Feb 2013 #20
2pooped2pop Feb 2013 #24
corkhead Feb 2013 #21
2pooped2pop Feb 2013 #22
Shankapotomus Feb 2013 #25
Ian David Feb 2013 #26
Evasporque Feb 2013 #28
FSogol Feb 2013 #29
madokie Feb 2013 #30

Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:59 AM

1. Make sure someone waters you that first year.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:07 AM

3. I'll forgo the obvious comment here about certain persons

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:50 AM

23. Ha! I see what you did there! nt.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:05 AM

27. LOL! "Not if you were on fire!"

"...OK, how about if I was a tree?"

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:00 AM

2. Terrific idea

I would like to be a lilac tree, dark purple, really fragrant.
My son isnt good with plants though and would kill me.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:33 AM

4. ash trees? n/t

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:48 AM

5. I think this is a fabulous idea!

Imagine that instead of cemeteries full of rows and rows of granite tombstones, final resting places were actually acres of beautiful trees.

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Response to Summer Hathaway (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:00 AM

12. What a beautiful idea! Let's hope people who can make it happen will run with your idea. nt

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:53 AM

6. I like it! This is similar to an ancient Amazon tradition.

The legend goes that an Amazon was to be buried beneath a tree as it was a growing, living thing and was a testament to her life, as opposed to a rock, which was lifeless and cold. I always liked that myth.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:54 AM

7. technically speaking...

Most of your remains will be turned into trees as a result of the CO2 emissions from the cremation. (Trees grow from "breathing.") Just a few minerals will be absorbed from the urn through the roots. That should still count.

Cool idea, in any event.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:14 AM

8. Kind of a cool idea.

 

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:46 AM

9. Nice to know you can still get wood.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:53 AM

10. :)

Actually, I wanted to be a fire engine when I grew up. That didn't work out, but if I could be a fire engine after I die, I'd be in heaven...

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:58 AM

11. Must be a hose thing...

Wait a sec,...could someone trying to pass a stone be considered a "stoner?"

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:02 AM

13. A shrink would have a field day!

But passing a stone just makes you a sufferer.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:11 AM

14. I assume it'll work fine with marijuana seeds

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Response to NBachers (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:21 AM

16. "here, try a hit of uncle Nick - he's really potent this year"

We should all be so lucky.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:15 AM

15. And if being green ain't your thing.....

...how 'bout some nice jewelery?

LifeGem
From Ashes to Diamonds



- K&R

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:30 AM

17. I figure my remains will become part of the earth no matter what

Whether they dump my ashes at sea, or put them in the Columbarium at Arlington, or scatter them in a significant foreign country.

In any case, I'll be beyond caring.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:39 AM

18. Ugh, I've been negligently torturing a Ficus for 14 years.

And don't even mention my Christmas Cactus. They're alive, but they hate me.

Plus I've had dogs that have pissed on every tree within a mile.

No, please don't let me be a tree. Not if there's karma. Dump my ashes in the ocean- that's fair retribution for the fish I killed when I tried a saltwater tank.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:44 AM

19. "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Walters
Walters was widely lampooned in 1981 (and often since) for having posed the question, during an interview with actress Katharine Hepburn: "If you were a tree, what kind would you be?" But as she has often pointed out (and the video clips confirm) Hepburn initiated the discussion by saying that she would like to be a tree, and Walters merely followed up with the question, "What kind of a tree?"

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:48 AM

20. My will already states that I want my ashes scattered over a marijuana field.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #20)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:51 AM

24. some great bud!

I know there is a funny joke in here somewhere. If I think of it, I will come back.

I like your idea but I want to be on the mantle for a while til my hubby no longer wants to look at my urn, then do something with it, I guess.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:03 AM

21. Just my luck; John Olerud just moved into his new mansion next to my cemetery

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:49 AM

22. so basically they are charging you to put your ashes around a tree

seedling? Am I missing something. Hell, I can throw dad's ashes into the ground and plant a rose bush in there, but Dad won't be turned into a rosebush.

Not so green but I am thinking of making my husband into a nice diamond ring. I don't like jewelry much but I like the idea of having him with me all the time.

Then, I could use the rest to dump on the bushes.

Kidding, Kidding.

No really, I'd do the ring, keep the rest on the mantle til I die too, then have them spread somewhere together.

If I go first, it may go a little differently. lol

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:56 AM

25. Put me down for Poison Sumac

and bury me in Rush Limbaugh's backyard.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:01 AM

26. They could plant it next to the tree that grew out of your placenta. n/t

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:24 AM

28. 30 years later you will become mulch around a tree planted in its place

for a McMansion.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:24 AM

29. I assume that coming back as a Giant Sequoia is pricier than coming back as a Virginia Scrub Pine

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:27 AM

30. Thats my plan

burn my old stinking ass, dig a hole, put the ashes in, cover them up then plant a tree there.
In my afterlife I'll need a perch to rest on and the tree will provide me that.
seriously

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