How Long Do Biodegradable Urns Last?

If you are choosing a biodegradable urn for your loved one's ashes, you might have noticed that the time taken for urns to dissolve and disperse your beloved's ashes may vary. In this article we will explore why this happens, and how each biodegradable material reacts under different conditions.

Why do some urns take longer to dissolve?

All biodegradable urns for ashes can last a long time if they are kept in dry environments. Between keeping them in your home, burying them in the soil, and water burials, times may also differ.

Water burial urns tend to take less time to disperse your loved one's ashes. These types of urns are usually made of sand, minerals or salt. Some Mulberry Tree urns can also be used for water burials. Our sand and mineral urns are bound with natural biodegradable adhesives that begin dissolving on contact with water, and as such, they will disperse over the course of a few minutes.

Salt rock urns are dense and quite weighty, and may take up to four hours to disperse your loved one's ashes.

Land burial urns usually take a lot longer to disperse the minerals and ashes throughout the soil, as they remain dense for longer without moisture. This usually happens over the course of a few weeks to months as the earth will naturally meld with the urn, though it will depend on rainfall and other environmental factors.

Some urns can be used for either a water or land burial. Reacting differently based on the conditions.

Urns for Land & Water Burial

The SandSphere urn (pictured below) is handcrafted using a blend of natural organic materials.This burial urn's shape symbolises the cyclical aspects of life. As one ends, it becomes the literal foundation of new life, taking shape and flourishing again.
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    The Geos Earth (pictured below) is an innovative, biodegradable urn. The delicate maple leaf imprints in the middle of Geos Earth urn symbolise peaceful moments of life. This handmade sphere-shaped ashes urn is also accompanied by beautiful earthy colour tones.
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      Urns for water burial

      The Embark urn (pictured below) is entirely made from natural water-soluble salt.The urn’s pure white outer shell creates a tranquil, peaceful atmosphere. The urn has debossed patterns through the cross-section of the urn, completing its pure white aesthetic and embellishing the shell with sea-themed objects.

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        The Journey Biodegradable Water Urn has been handcrafted using water-soluble biodegradable paper made from Mulberry Tree bark. Our Journey urn has beautifully drawn graphic flowers such as dogwood shale or lily blue. You can also choose a simpler, just as elegant cremation urn design such as embossed pearl or aqua blossom blue.

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        We also offer a water-soluble urn made entirely of Himalayan Rock Salt. Originally found in the Himalayan mountains, this Himalayan Rock Salt is over 250-million years old. Depending on the movement of the water and the weather conditions, it may take up to four hours for the natural rock salts to dissolve and disperse your loved one's ashes.

        Himalayan Rock Salt Biodegradable Water Urn, skilled craftsmen sculpted a barrel form from the rock.This urn has a hollowed out centre, in which you can place your loved ones' ashes inside. The soft pinks and oranges of each urn are naturally variable, making it a unique piece of art.

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          Urns For Land Burial

          The Embrace biodegradable urn for ashes has been designed for the temporary storage of adults' ashes or land burial. It is made from Mulberry Tree bark.
          There are four different colours available with this cremation urn. Leaf on top of an urn have a soft delicate texture that reminds of autumn. You can also choose a blue urn with elegant white roses embellished at the top. A flower blossom imprint adorns the white urn. The last ashes burial comes in the colour brown, it has a unique print texture all over the box. 

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          For the next set of urns, two-component material urns are mixed with mineral powder, natural quartz sand and water-based acrylic resin. This means these urns for ashes can be kept inside your home if you wish or they can be buried beneath the earth and will biodegrade after several years.

          The Helix Cremation Urn for Ashes is named for its unique spiral design.The helix represents your loved one's journey through life and symbolizes how many people they have touched through their presence.

          Image of The Helix Cremation Urn

          The Sylvan Cremation(pictured below) Urn for Ashes is named for its woodland features. The spherical design on this urn symbolizes the beauty of nature with etchings of branches. If your dearly departed loved the outdoors, this could be an ideal piece to make their memory everlasting.

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             The Noble Cremation Urn for Ashes is named for its elegantly regal design. With smooth gold sides and a sublime lid to complete this beautiful urn, your loved one will have the resting place of royalty.  

            Image of Noble Cremation Urn for Ashes

            We hope that this article gave you a greater understanding of how long biodegradable urns last, as well as helping you find the ideal urn. We would advise you to browse through our entire biodegradable collection, as each of our beautiful urns has its unique designs.

            We also advise each family to take a look at our Bereavement Support guide.

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