What is a green burial? How are biodegradable urns different from all other cremation urns?

   By Irina Jordan

“Green Burial” goes hand in hand with a life well lived on this earth. The good earth has given us so much; why not give ourselves back to the earth “naturally”.

Green burial options have become a small but growing trend in the U.S. funeral industry, with an increasing number of funeral homes offering eco-friendly services and about 30 green cemeteries across the country, according to the Green Burial Council, or GBC, a non-profit organization operating in the United States, Canada and Australia.

The most recent survey conducted by funeral industry publishers Kates-Boylston Publications in 2008 found that 43 percent of respondents said that they would consider a green burial. That was a significant increase from the 21 percent who expressed curiosity about green burials in an AARP study conducted the previous year.

If you are considering a green burial and want to be cremated, a biodegradable urn is a perfect vessel for this ceremony. A biodegradable urn is a cremation urn that is biodegradable. The urn is made from eco-friendly materials such as recycled paper, leaves, wildflowers and other natural materials.