The folks who designed a biodegradable urn that replaces a cemetery plot are back with a new crowdfunding effort to turn human remains into thriving trees. The Barcelona-based company’s Bios Urns are already on sale, and the new Kickstarter campaign will bring to life a portable ‘incubator’ in which to grow trees called the Bios Incube. After just one day online, the campaign has already raised $24,000 of a $66,000 goal with four weeks left.
The makers say the Bios Incube is the first incubator designed for the afterlife, and we’re sure that’s true. The Incube is also smarter than smart. It’s equipped with custom sensors that monitor temperature, soil health and fertilizer levels, and sunlight. By tracking the ‘vital signs’ of the sprouting plant, the Bios Incube practically guarantees that the Bios Urn—which is suitable for both human and animal cremated remains—will grow into a big strong tree. The system combines all its readings to get a comprehensive picture of the new plant’s condition, which can be monitored and controlled via smartphone app, and the incubator can even water the plant automatically when necessary.
From a style perspective, the Bios Incube is quite attractive. Its cool white exterior is deceptively simple, with smooth lines and an unassuming appearance. The makers thoughtfully designed the incubator to fit in with nearly any home’s aesthetic, whether used outdoors or inside.
The Incube is a smart solution to a number of tricky problems. Primarily, it helps bring to life the dream of replacing cemeteries with forests, if only in a symbolic way. Encapsulating the ashes of your departed loved ones in a biodegradable urn is an innovative alternative to traditional burial plots, but it’s not legal in all places to plant such things in the ground. Further, many people may wish to cultivate a memorial tree that can travel with them from home to home, rather than be literally rooted in one location. The Bios Incube responds to these dilemmas in a smart, stylish way.
Through the Kickstarter campaign, backers can get on the list for a hot-of-the-press Bios Incube, with included Bios Urn, for a minimum pledge of $385 at the early bird rate, or $495 once the maximum is reached for the discounted reward level. Yet again, Bios Urn illustrates for us in a very real way that ‘the end’ is just the beginning, and what comes after can be something truly amazing.
Images via Bios Urn