Trees are the lungs of our planet. The more trees we plant, the cleaner our air for generations to come. Instead of cutting down trees to make way for more cemeteries, instead of burying our loved ones using poisonous embalming fluid, a growing number of people with environmental concerns are choosing green burials, which could instead increase the number of trees and fertilize the land.

As a general rule, green burials avoid the use of embalming fluid and cement burial vaults, and can be considerably less costly than traditional burials, ensuring that grieving loved ones are not pressured into high-priced caskets they can’t afford.

Let’s Start Converting Cemeteries Into Forests

A nonprofit organization in Toronto, Canada ( is now offering the Bios Urn, a funerary urn made from biodegradable materials that will turn you into a tree after you die. Inside the urn there is a pine seed — or a maple, or oak, or ash — that will grow into a memorial tree to commemorate your loved one. Bios Urns use the natural cycle of life to transform death into growth.

The Heart of The Bios Urn

The top part of the Bios Urn is especially designed to allow the seed to sprout. Before you bury the urn, you will need to mix the components with some dirt from where you want your tree to grow. The components will naturally facilitate germination of the seed when mixed with soil.

heartpfbios-mb9The urn’s structure keeps the seed separate from the ashes, until the urn itself begins to degrade. The lower capsule is where you store the ashes, while the tree grows in the upper compartment. The entire urn becomes part of the sub-soil and a fertilizer for the tree.

The upper capsule is a sealed unit to ensure the good condition of the seed until it begins to sprout. There is no expire date as long as it is kept in a cool dry place. offers a choice of Pine, Ginko, Maple, Oak, Ash, Beech, or Cypress, for $159.99 with free shipping for both North America and Europe.

“Sales have been ongoing for a year and going very well,” says Susan McHilley of the non profit, which is selling the green urns.

For more information and to purchase, visit

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