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The Biodegradable Sinking Shell Urn


There are certainly many great innovations in the memorial industry that have provided more adequate ways to commemorate the memory of a beloved friend or family member. One of the most impressive, and in our own opinion, the most necessary, is that of the biodegradable cremation urn. These wonderful vessels for cremation ashes feature sustainable attributes, which allow the remains of a lost loved one to, once again, become part of the world around us. Moreover, they provide an environmentally friendly way to incorporate nature with the memory of the lost individual, which is all the more appropriate for those who were active in the battle of saving our planet. There are a variety of biodegradable cremation urns that accomodate a number of needs. For those looking for a sea burial, the water-soluable or scattering urns would be appropriate, while those wishing for a more traditional feel may be very interested in sustainable burial urns, which eventually biodegrade in the earth, overtime. While both options are very sought after, the sinking shell urn is one of the most popular in both land and sea burial vessels. This beautiful cremation urn features a gorgeous, hand-painted finish, and is crafted to gracefully sink after momentarily floating on the surface of the water.

As the graphic below illustrates, biodegradable urns are simple to use. The Urn is simply placed atop a body of water (typically after a memorial ceremony at sea) where it floats for approximately five minutes before sinking slowly to the water's floor. The urn then gradually dissentegrates, and the ashes disperse into the water.

Biodegradable Urns

Are Biodegradable Urns Really Environmentally Safe?

Yes they are! And here's a few examples of how:

  • Constructed of a non-toxic paper material.
  • Fabricated by hand from recycled and earth- friendly materials Biodegrades naturally over time
  • Engineered to float for approximately five minutes before descending gracefully
  • Includes water-soluble plastic bag for cremated remains

For more information on these wonderful and sustainable cremation vessels, please see our Biodegradable Urn article.

What are some other features of Biodegradable Urns?

  • Individually hand-painted or hand-crafted
  • Easy to load the cremated remains and no assembly required
  • Exceeds durable container and TSA airline carry-on requirements
  • Includes water-soluble plastic bag for cremated remains (for shell urns)
  • Dimensions: 16 inches x 16 inches x 6 inches (ample room for personal notes, mementos or two sets of cremated remains).


Biodegradable cremation urns may seem like a trend, but make no mistake that these wonderful vessels are one of the most impressive and truly needed innovations in the memorial industry to date. They not only provide an adequate way to honor the memory of anyone who valued their natural surroundings and all the resources found therein, they help protect our planet and offer a dignified and peaceful way to pay tribute to the memory of a lost loved one. Understandably, choosing a biodegradable urn can seem like an arduous task, but it is really a question of personal preference, both in regards to the urn and the disposition of the remains. With that said, we are certainly happy to help with any questions regarding any of our items, and all of our contact information can be found on our Help page.

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