Bios Urn Turns Your Ashes Into A Tree

The Bios Urn will let you live on; accepting your ashes, it contains the seed of what you will become after death.


(Bios Urn)

[Product designer Gerard Moline's] Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer.

SF fans have grown up with this idea. In his 1954 story Of Withered Apples, Philip K. Dick writes about a woman who picks the last apple from an ancient tree that is determined to live on.

Lori picked the leaf up. It was old and brown. Her heart skipped a beat as she slipped the leaf into the pocket of her jeans. Against her loins the leaf cut and tingled, a little hard point piercing her smooth skin and sending exciting shivers up and down her spine. She stood at the open window a moment, sniffing the air. The air was full of the presence of trees and rocks, of great boulders and remote places. It was time - time to go again. She touched the leaf. She was wanted.

From Big Think via Frolix_8.

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