The Bios biodegradable urn changes the Biblical paraphrase from, "ashes to ashes; dust to dust," to "ashes to fertilizer, dust to soil."
The Bios urn combines a biodegradable mortuary urn containing coconut fiber, compacted peat and cellulose along with a tree seed. As the tree sprouts, it draws some of it's nutrients from the ashes of the deceased.
Just about any type of seed or seedling can be used, though plants that like acidic soil might find that the ashes raise the pH of the soil too much for comfort.
The urn is a collaborative creation by design artists Martin Azua and Gerard Moline, and is sold by Limbo Disseny, an innovative funerary items company.
"I would like to be buried in an Bios urn in a forest in the Basque country," said Azua in response to an email from Discovery News.