“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” ― Henry David Thoreau, Each year on April 22nd, Earth day is celebrated and recognized. This special day was officially recognized in 1970, following a series of protests and grassroots movements which sought to bring attention to the environment, and the impact humans have on it. On April 22,1970, nearly 20 million Americans formed coast-to-coast rallies. It was during this time that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created, as was the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act and other important laws. The Earth is a magical place, that we are all very lucky to call our home. Whether you live in the North pole or on the Equator, we all tread on the same ground. Many believe that the act of one does not accumulate to the act of many – but the reality is that every revolution that has ever taken place started with the actions of one person. Here´s how you can do your part to protect our Earth, and our home. Get outside! Go outside and get in touch with nature. Too often, we forget that we are beings in this world and
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The Bios Urn is a return to life through nature. How much ash can the Bios Urn hold? A common question we often receive from people all over the world is related to the amount of ash that can be used in the Bios Urn. The Bios Urn has a capacity to hold 220 cubic inches of ash, and is approximately 2.5 liters. The urn is designed to hold all of the cremated remains that result from cremation. You can fill the urn, or only use a small portion. The memorial tree will grow well in either instance. You can utilize all of the ash, or just a portion of the ash – the choice is ultimately yours. Can I use a small amount of ash? The Bios Urn can also be used with a smaller portion, or a symbolic amount. Often times, families and individuals choose to split ashes. Even with a smaller amount of ash, the Bios Urn will still work perfectly and produce the desired effect. If you decide to use a smaller amount of ash, we recommend filling the remainder of the Bios Urn with soil from the area you are planting it in. Adding soil will help the ash and soil acclimate to one another and aid in overall growth. Can I use
The first garden dedicated to growing Bios Urns. Inaugurated on May 6th, 2017. The Tree of Life Garden is dedicated to planting the Bios Urn On May 6th, 2017, in Quebec, Canada, the first Bios Urn was planted in a special garden just for Bios Urns. A cemetery in Quebec has recently teamed up with a local Bios Urn distributor (Arbre De Vie Quebec) to provide a new experience for those seeking to use a Bios Urn, and plant it in a special outdoor garden. Cimetière Catholique Granby, located in Granby, Quebec has devoted a portion of its land specifically to be used for the planting of a Bios Urn – the new garden is called Jardin d’arbre de vie in French, which roughly translates to “The tree of life garden”. This Bios garden is welcome to people of all faiths, and from all religions. Families and individuals will be invited to participate in a tree of life planting ceremony, and are able to also plant the seeds or seedlings themselves. Flowers, shrubs, trees, and even fruit trees are available to be used. Over 20 tree varieties are currently available according to the director Élyse Champagne, director of the Catholic cemeteries of Granby. All of the species chosen
Bee-friendly to your local pollinators! Bees are extremely valuable, and we rely on them to pollinate a large portion of the world´s plants. Almost everything we eat is because of the hard work of bees. In recent years, bee populations have been severely declining. Here´s how you can do small things to help! Whether you live in a home or an apartment, these plants can be planted outdoors in planters to help assist bee and pollinator communities. Growing from seed is a good option as well. Bees enjoy a different range of flowers. On top of these helpful plants, we also recommend not using pesticides or herbicides. Most of the same plants that help bees, also help other pollinators like butterflies, which have been declining in recent years as well. For the Bees Spring: Blueberry, Crabapple, Cotoneaster, Cranberry, Crocus, Foxglove, Heliotrope, Hazelnut, Heather, Primrose, Willow. Summer: Blackberry, Cat Mint, Catnip, Chives, Dahlia, Hyssop, Lavender, Rasberry, Sunflower, Yarrow Fall: Aster, Borage, Coneflower, Cornflower, Cosmos, Goldenrod, Pumpkin, Sedum, Squash. Some other herb options include Calendula, sage, and basil. Bees are especially attracted to bright colored flowers, like daisies, geraniums, roses, and poppies. Some of their favorite trees include fruit trees! Another thing you can do is make a
Minimal tree photo Where can I plant my Bios Urn? Private Property The Bios Urn can be legally planted on any private property, such as a backyard or garden. If you own a home, or property – planting on it is one of the best places. It´s recommended choosing a tree species which fits your location and space (and is appropriate in size.) You can find a list of trees we offer and information on their sizes here. Some people are worried about planting a Bios Urn in a backyard, in fear that they may some day move. If you are worried or find that you may someday move – arrangements can be made with a tree transplanting service. Generally these companies are skilled at moving or transporting trees without harming their root system, so that you can move it to the location you desire. Most laws state that a person may plant or bury cremated remains in uninhabited public land, or on the private property of a consenting owner – but this may not be the case for all countries so it´s always important to ask! Please be sure to investigate your state or region´s provincial laws in relation to ashes. If you are unsure, just send us
Bios Incube is the first tree incubator that can be used with a Bios Urn and planted in your home. Bios Incube is the world’s first incubator designed to grow the remains of your loved ones into trees. The Bios Incube has officially launched to the general public and is now available to purchase exclusively on the Bios Urn website. The Bios Incube is a sophisticated and stylish tree incubator which aids in the growth process and comes alongside a complimentary app. It is the first tree incubator designed for the afterlife. The Bios Urn and Bios Incube aim to reintroduce man back into the natural cycle of life.This smart incubator allows you to engage with your tree like never before. The world is running out of burial space, and utilizing sustainable design the Bios Incube seeks to address this relevant problem by providing a real-life solution. The Bios Urn and Bios Incube work in conjunction with one another; the Urn is planted seamlessly into the Bios Incube. Once the Incube is set up, users can monitor the progress of the plant’s growth using an application, which provides advice and maintenance tips. The Incube is equipped with a built-in self-watering system which is triggered by the sensor attached to soil´s
Tree church view of the land A Living Breathing Monument The Tree Church in New Zealand was created by Barry Cox, and began as a project in 2011. The inspiration for the tree church came to Cox when he pondered a place that people could visit which would serve as a “retreat from society.” Indeed, this magical structure does just that and more. It has taken nearly 4 years to complete, and within its structure lies purpose, meaning, and metaphor. The church has been built in an area surrounded by woodlands and nature on all sides, and directly outside of the church lies a labyrinth walk which pays homage to an ancient labyrinth that existed in Jericho in 460 BC. Cox was inspired by a number of things, and used a recent trip to Europe as a basis for his inspiration. He wanted to combine both architecture, agriculture, and nature to create something beautiful: a sanctuary. Lucky for Cox, he owns a tree replanting service, so was familiar with some of the processes involved in creating such a structure. The church itself has the capacity to seat 100 guests, and is now frequently used as a location for weddings, and similar themed events. Tree Church
Since launching to the public last month, the Bios Incube has been featured in several wonderful publications which we wanted to share with you. Some of these publications are notable and related to design, innovation, technology, and eco-friendly living. The Bios Incube is the first system of its kind in the world, and has been designed to bring this unique planting experience home, with you in mind. What To Do With Ashes? Grow A Tree “AFTER JAY JUNKER’S father passed away from cancer in 2014, the 33-year-old took his cremated remains and planted them in a field outside the family’s farm house in Vermont. His father, who Junker recalls as outgoing and nature loving, is now a white oak sapling that’s grown from 5 inches to just over 5 feet tall in the last two years. On nice days, Junker likes to take a stroll out to the meadow where his father is planted and spend some time reminiscing about how they used to ski and hike in the rolling green hills. “To me, this just seemed like the best way to keep in touch,” Junker says. “The best way to keep someone in your life.”” Continue reading… Bios Urn: the startup that lets you grow a tree
A New Type of Cremation A year ago we wrote a post about alkaline hydrolysis, frequently dubbed resomation or “green cremation.” Since that time, new advances have been made and resomation has been legalized in several states in the U.S. Burials are said to be more polluting to the environment than cremation. To put it as simply as possible: burials are polluting for the planet. “More than 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde are put into the ground along with dead bodies every year in the US. That’s enough to fill one and a quarter Olympic-sized swimming pools each year.” (Julia Calderone, Business Insider) On top of the dangerous and toxic chemicals released, a crazy amount of viable resources are used up. On top of this, many cities have run out of space to bury those who have passed leaving cremation as the best and most economical option available to individuals and families. Cremation rates are set to double, if not triple by 2035. In steps Alkaline Hydrolysis, a new process which produces a similar as like substance to that of normal cremation, but with slim to no negative carbon emissions. Resomation calls itself the “The alternative to flame cremation and burial with environmental benefits.” The process of resomation or alkaline hydrolysis involves
Donating your body to science. Why do people do it, and what does it help? Donating your body can come with many benefits. For those who don’t mind the process, body donation can help improve medical treatments and lead way to new research. Typically bodies are used for academia and research, especially when it comes to trying to understand certain diseases, and how these diseases affect the human body. The process of donation is thought to significantly help advance science, research, medicine, and other interconnected fields of research. Anyone, regardless of if they have tattoos, pacemakers, or other physical alterations is welcome to donate, and there is no age limit applied. Often times, researchers are keen on finding those who have a specific illness or disease, as it could help advance their studies in being able to find out how best to cure it. There are many programs which can be found through schools, or through private companies. Do your research and see which you feel is the best fit for you. Before signing up for a program, you can also request a registration packet to see how it works. You can choose body donation as part of your pre-planning arrangements. Using the rest of the cremated