Is there life after death? The Bios Urn is a modern funerary urn that enables people to grow trees with the ashes of loved ones. The company (which Inhabitat has covered since 2005) recently marked their public launch and they’ve already received hundreds of orders, showing that many seek an alternative to the toxic burial industry.
Designer Gerard Moliné came up with the idea for the Bios Urn and then launched a Barcelona-based company of the same name with his brother Roger Moliné. The Bios Urn is a container built with 100 percent biodegradable materials in which a seed can grow in the ashes of departed friends or family. At $145, it’s much cheaper than a typical burial and is kinder to the environment. From there the company designed the Bios Incube, a minimal device in which the Bios Urn could be placed – and the urn will biodegrade as a tree grows in the incubator.
Bios Incube is controlled via an app and a sensor that rests on top of the dirt and monitors environmental factors like soil moisture and air temperature. The Incube will even water a tree – it has room for five gallons of water which can keep the tree watered for three weeks. Batteries which only need to be charged for 30 minutes every three weeks power the system. The Incube is available for $450 on the company’s website; they’re also offering the Bios Incube+ for $550 – the plus system includes mobile alerts, expert assistance, and growth insights, to name a few benefits.
The Bios Incube’s design means the tree growing inside will eventually need to be transplanted into the ground, and can then be reused with another Bios Urn.
On their website, the company says they aim “to offer users an alternative for remembering deceased persons in a natural, sustainable fashion, thereby turning the death process into regeneration and return to life by means of nature.” Their products are available on their website.