This Biodegradable Water Urn will make any water burial ceremony dignified and memorable.
Made of clay and a plant-based gelatin, they will dissolve completely in water.
Depending on the weight of ashes, they will float* for a few minutes. Then sink and dissolve, releasing the ashes into the water.
We will send you the urn with a biodegradable ashes bag and instructions. You simply fill bag and place it inside the urn. You can also add a thin line of PVA glue around the lid to seal if required for travelling.
Capacity and Dimensions of the biodegradable Water Urn
Volume 3.6 litres – this is suitable for the ashes of one person.
Maximum diameter 18cm.
The Classic Biodegradable Water Urn will hold the ashes of one person.
How long will it take the biodegradable water urn to sink?
*The duration the urn will float for is variable. It is down to the weight of the ashes, the water conditions and the height from which the urn is dropped. For example, if it was a set of ashes weighing 7lbs (3.5kg) and dropped from around 6ft or 2m then the urn will sink straight away. However, if the urn contained only 5lbs (2.5kg) of ashes and was placed on the water it will float for a few minutes. The urn will fill with water through holes in the bottom of the urn and then submerge.
Can I drop the urn into the water?
You can drop these urns from a height. They won’t break on the surface of the water, but will sink straight away. We know because we have tested them from around 6ft.
Are these urns suitable for a Hindu or Sikh water ceremony?
As there are no animal products used in the gelatin bonding agent, as such they are ideal for Hindu and Sikh ceremonies
We provide glue to seal the lid, although simply moistening the lid where it comes into contact with the base will be enough to create a seal
They are also suitable for land burial as moisture in the soil will help the urn to biodegrade.
Ashes Water Ceremony
Water burials are a very dignified way to conduct a ashes ceremony – you can cast petals, put last words on our promises notelets. Or if appropriate you can use our natural floating biodegradable candle, made of beeswax and coconut shell to make a memorable occasion.
Record where you conducted the ceremony for future generations, if you are on a boat the skipper will be able to tell you your exact location. Record the location on our ceremony certificates
We consider these urns more suitable for deeper water below the low tide line. Please see our page on general guidance for ceremonies or river or the sea. Many people find that the simple presence of a body of water after the ceremony can help them to remember that person.
Biodegradable Water Urn
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