Spanish designer Martin Azua has come up with a design for an urn – The Bios Urn – that will allow your remains to be integrated with a seed which will grow into a tree or any kind of plant you prefer. It sounds a little morbid but it is an attractive option if you care about the environment. It is definitely better than staying on the ground with a tombstone above you. The urn is made of coconut shell, cellulose and compact peat,  all of which are biodegradable materials.

Human remains are placed inside the urn with a seed. It is then planted on the ground where the seed will germinate along with the remains, eventually growing into a tree. It is an awesome and poetic form of regeneration. This is one of those rare instances when death becomes a direct component of new life.

If you choose to go this route, you can spend your next life as a tree, providing shade and oxygen to the rest of the world. If that’s not enough for you, maybe you can have your tree incarnation be cut down after a few decades to be turned into paper. Yes, if you so choose, you can actually become a book.

It just goes to show that design is not just about aesthetics; it can also be a helpful tool in environmental protection.  Another similar solution is the Spiritree. The container is shaped to surround the little tree, encompassing it with the dead person’s crusties. For more information, follow the links bellow.