Gallery: Poetree Burial Planter is an Eco Memorial That Honors the Cycl...


Although death is universal, it seems that the final choice of how our bodies are laid to rest is not – and traditional burials are looking like less and less attractive as they take up land and use unsavory chemistry that eventually winds up in the soil. As a result, cremation and natural burials are becoming more popular due to the sensitive way they return bodies to the earth. We spotted a new approach over at Treehugger that was proposed by India-based industrial design student Margaux Ruyant as a thoughtful way to memorialize the deceased by incorporating their ashes into a living tree memorial. Poetree is a ceramic ring with a cork receptacle for ashes and an opening on top for a tree to sprout from.

The Poetree is an interesting hybrid between burial and cremation – it’s an urn and a memorial marker at the same time. The remains are placed in a container made from cork, and a cork stopper is removed to make room for a small boxwood tree. The sapling is placed outside in its biodegradable pot, surrounded by the ceramic ring with the deceased’s inscription.

The Poetree is placed in the ground when the tree is mature enough, allowing the cork vessel to break down into the soil while the ceramic ring provides a living marker for the deceased – who is also now a part of the tree. The sustainable memorial is a marker of their passing but also a gentle reminder of the cycle of life.

+ Poetree

Via Treehugger


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  1. Linda Newlan-Steele December 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Great.. absolutely wonderful. Good luck trying to get one if they even exist.. We got some pretty sick puppies out there..

  2. Jackycreegan June 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Where can I buy the Poetree?

  3. Abigale1 April 8, 2014 at 9:03 am

    How do I find out how much it cost and how to buy it

  4. MarkmBha February 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Don’t know if I want a tree growing over me.

  5. Amita Amladi October 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Kind of morbid, but I’ve always hated cremation (at least the way it happens in Hinduism, with the ashes being scattered in flowing water [usually & preferably the Ganges] — obliterating all physical trace of the deceased)and I’d always planned that when I die, I’d donate all usable organs & tissues (and anything else usable)and then have a natural “green” burial.

    But this is something I could get behind, and wouldn’t mind doing as another alternative.

    I love how it not only honors the circle of life but yet ALSO allows (UNLIKE the cremation rituals in Hinduism) for a permanent memorial to the deceased, providing a place for people to go to, to remember, “talk to” and feel close to loved ones who are no longer alive.

    After seeing this, I’m not as opposed to cremation as I once was, and think the Poetree is an AWESOME option of handling remains in a more eco-friendly (though cremation DOES still pollute the environment) and space-saving (or at least more space-saving than regular burials) way. Even better, since this urn enables the planting of a tree in a biodegradable container, and both that container & its contents (the ashes) nourish the soil, it will ALSO help the environment, improving the deforestation. Doesn’t the Arbor Day Foundation and other environmental organizations keep telling everyone to plant trees?

    Well this kills two birds with one stone (no pun intended!). It reduces the burdensome need for space of regular burials, and creates new life (the tree) while still permanently memorializing the deceased. A fantastic all-in-one solution!

    If I do decide to be cremated when I die, I want to be buried in a Poetree!!!

  6. BChalmers1 October 27, 2011 at 3:48 am

    This is the loveliest thing I’ve seen. That’s going on my wishlist.

  7. MLLEa October 16, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Love this concept of death and life.

  8. zyzzy October 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Fantastic idea. Giving the life back to those who passed away…
    This is my dying wish! 😀 I want to be burried in Poetree…

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