A Unique Tree Some of you may know the “Little snowflake”, an albino western Iwoland Gorilla. He was somewhat of a celebrity at the Barcelona Zoo, where he lived in captivity from 1966 until his death in 2003. Well, everyone knows why “little snowflake” was so special, he was the only white (albino) gorilla in the world. But what most people don’t know is that he was cremated and planted using a Bios Urn. When Bios Urn was just an unknown project, the authorities of the Barcelona zoo decided to contact us to see if we could create an early prototype of the urn and use it to plant a ‘Calodendrum Capense’, a South African tree that can grow to be 20 meters high. They thought it could be a great symbol to memorialize the existence of a unique animal, so they planted little snowflake on a parcel of land in Barcelona’s zoo. We don´t usually share this story to promote Bios Urn because the characteristic that made him different was what condemned him to live in captivity; he was white. He was used as an attraction to promote a human designed space, the zoo. If you follow us you already know we have certain concerns
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Veronica Herrera-Ramirez lost her 24 year-old son Nikolas “Nikko” Malliarodakis on March 21st, 2016 when he was hit by a driver who was under the influence. As any parent knows, losing a child is one of the most difficult things anyone can possibly endure in his or her lifetime. Veronica was initially unsure about what she wanted to do with her son, but she knew she absolutely didn’t want to put him in a coffin. During our conversation and interactions with Veronica, we got to know her on a more personal level and connect with her story. ¨My son´s story is beautiful. He was meant to be a tree. He wrote me a beautiful poem in high school as if he knew I would need this to find comfort,¨ Veronica told us in an email. She shared a touching poem with us that her son had written to her years before. ¨To a loving mom from a loving son. My View – The view right now that I can see, I love for, I care for, As it shows beautifully. While I ride the back of the mountains, Sing with the trees, Run with the grass, and that´s how it should be.¨
Tomáš Ševčík chose to use a Bios Urn for his grandfather, who passed away nearly 14 months ago. His family had no idea what to do after his grandfather passed, until he discovered the Bios Urn and knew it was a perfect fit for him. Tomáš described his grandfather as a spontaneous and impulsive man, who often did things just for fun, even in his old age. He and his family chose to plant his grandfather´s Bios Urn in a pond that his grandfather had excavated and created entirely by himself years before in the Czech Republic. Tomáš knew this was the perfect place for his Bios Urn to be planted. Tomáš described the pond as a very calm and beautiful place which harbors the spirit of his grandfather. He now takes a yearly sojourn to this special location to light candles, and sometimes even to go fishing. ¨We all hate graveyards and we go there once a year to light up the candles. This way I visit my grandpa very often. I found passion in fishing, so I just take my fishing rod and sit next to my grandpa the whole afternoon. It makes me feel happy in a really special way. Sometimes a tear drops,
Heidi was planted in a Bios Urn with a Citrus Cocktail Tree What many people don´t know is that the Bios Urn is not just for people, it´s also for pets. When a pet passes away, it can sometimes be extremely difficult trying to find a way to honor them in a respectful and compassionate way. Recently, we got in touch with Robert Cleaver, a young man from Florida who shared a really touching story about his best friend of 7 years – his great Dane, Heidi. Robert rescued his beautiful great dane in 2009 from the Humane Society in Tampa. He was able to save her just in time, as she was scheduled to be put down. Over the years, Heidi remained Robert´s trusty companion and most faithful friend – seeing him through divorce, loss, and relocations. Robert told us that Heidi even managed to play a part in connecting him with his wife, whom he married after a chance encounter which involved Heidi. Robert said goodbye to Heidi on May 12th, 2016, after nearly 7 years together. He described it as one of the worst days of his life, and expressed how much he misses her. After Heidi passed away, Robert was searching for the
The Bios Urn is 100% biodegradable and sustainable and gives back to the earth Green Design Can Change The World Design is a signal of intention, and it plays a crucial role in ensuring a greener future for all. Often times, products are created with the intention to be used until discarded thus generating unnecessary waste. Have you heard of the concept of cradle-to-cradle design? The cradle to cradle model essentially follows the idea that organic and synthetic materials can be used in continuous cycles without losing integrity or quality. Cradle to cradle is sustainable design at its finest and starts with sustainable production and materials, which then lead to a recycled afterlife. All of the products our company creates are made using cradle to cradle design methods, which are sustainable in nature, materials, and production. Our products fall into two categories: biological and technical. The Bios Urn is a biological product in that it is produced entirely out locally sourced recycled materials, and is organic in its composition and overall structure. None of the components which accompany the Bios Urn cannot be recycled, and its main purpose is to reduce waste rather than create it. It decomposes into the natural environment, without affecting surrounding life in a negative way. The Bios
The independence in life and death to choose what fits you best. Every year, various countries and states around the world celebrate a day of independence. Generally these days are rooted in historical events that occurred in years or decades past. What rings true about independence days in the world, is the sense of freedom reflected in these days – a sense of autonomy that the collective can and does relate to. As we grow and age on an individual level, we are often confronted with decisions we must learn to make alone. Many of these decisions relate to our lives, and have the power to change them depending on their magnitude. Some of these questions also relate to death, and often times these decisions are not confronted or are placed on the back burner. How can we stress the importance of making conscious choices not just in our lives, but in our deaths? How can we illustrate the importance of independence and autonomy that goes into choosing what we want in our life and in our deaths? Pre-Planning Aside from pre-planning, and choosing how you would like to leave this world ahead of time – we are now faced with an incredible amount of
Turn your pets ashes into a living tree. What many people don´t know is that the Bios Urn is not just for people, it´s also for pets. When a pet passes away, it can sometimes be extremely difficult trying to find a way to honor them in a respectful and compassionate way. The Bios Urn has a universal design which allows it to be used with any kind of ash, and with any amount of ash. The loss of a pet can be a very profound experience – and more often than not, we are left not knowing the best way to honor them once they cross the “rainbow bridge.” If we are lucky, we spend around 5-15 years with our pets, and during that time they become not just companions, but friends. How can we honor a pet who has passed away? There are so many great ways to honor a pet who has passed on. Aside from a Bios Urn, you can look into getting an engraved garden stone for your pet, which you can place near your pet´s tree as a marker – something that Bryce Roberts did. Bryce lost his Rottweiler, Sabre, and then became a Bios Urn distributor Bryce Roberts, a distributor of Bios
“Little Snowflake,” The Albino Gorilla “Little Snowflake” (Copito De Nieve) was the world´s only known albino gorilla. He lived in the Barcelona Zoo for a majority of its life. Snowflake was captured in Equatorial Guinea in 1966 and then transferred to the Barcelona Zoo. He lived nearly 40 years in the zoo, and was its most famous resident. During his time at the zoo, he fathered he fathered 21 gorillas, who have now given birth to 10 grandchildren. Snowflake was a Western Iwoland Gorilla. Currently, all three kinds of African wild gorillas — “the western lowland gorilla, the eastern lowland gorilla, and the mountain gorilla — are in trouble.” It is estimated that fewer than 10,000 remain left in the wild. Deforestation and hunting are the greatest threats to their species. A Living Tree In Snowflake´s Honor Snowflake was famous for being the only known albino gorilla in the world. He passed away in 2003 from skin cancer, which was undoubtedly related to his oculocutaneous albinism. Well, everyone knows why “little snowflake” was so special, he was the only white (albino) gorilla in the world. But what most people don’t know is that he was cremated and planted using a Bios Urn. When Bios Urn was just an unknown
The loss of a child is one of the most difficult things a parent can ever endure. In 2016, Susan Pendleton unexpectedly lost her 19 year old daughter Alexis. Her daughter´s life was tragically cut short by a drunk driver in Arizona. Susan decided to use a Bios Urn for her daughter Alexis, because Alexis was a lover of nature and had a special garden she had started in her backyard. CBS Arizona recently did a story on Alexis´ special tree and garden. “We had a garden out front of our house that Alexis loved. Whenever she broke anything in the house, including my art work, we put it in this garden. Alexis called it her broken garden. It was very special to her because she made it herself. And so it was very special to all of us. Now that our hearts are broken we wanted to make a garden that would be part of her; a garden that we could tend and nurture in the world just as we will always tend and nurture her in our hearts.” As CBS reported, “An Arizona mother who is mourning the loss of her daughter found a way to keep her close. She says in a way, her daughter is continuing the
Its name Ginkgo biloba – also known as ” silver apricot ” in Chinese because of the colour of its fruits, “forty-crowns tree” (for the price paid by the French botanist Pétigny for a sample of ginkgo in 1788) , the “tree of peace” or the “tree of longevity”. The name ginkgo is due to a translation error the German botanist E. Kaempfer did for the old Japanese term for this tree – ” ginkyo ” (银杏) . The epithet biloba describes the characteristic feature division into two leaf lobes . Its Eastern origin The family of Ginkgoaceae have been living on Earth for 270 million years. 65 million years ago they began to decline, and only the Ginkgo biloba species in some areas of China survived; currently the oldest specimens have been around for nearly 3,500 years. In 1691 the German botanist E. Kaempfer discovered in Japan ginkgo specimens that were thought extinct – they had spread from China to Japan and Korea routes thanks to Buddhist monks. Kaempfer took ginkgo seeds back to Europe; the first ginkgo outside Asia was planted in the Botanical Garden of Utrecht in 1730. Darwin defined it as a living fossil – Ginkgo biloba is the only surviving species of the Ginkgoaceae familiy. Its properties