Poetree Plantable Funeral Urn

We never really thought about the burial industry going green, but it looks like they are.  Especially French designer Margaux Ruyant, who has designed a funeral urn that “evolves over time, allowing loved ones to plan a tree in the ashes, while also providing a simple but elegant monument.”

The Poetree is made out of a ceramic ring with the deceased’s details, plus a cork container and stopper. Relatives can place the deceased’s ashes in the urn and take it home, along with a boxwood tree sapling in a biodegradable pot. When they are ready, the cork stopper is removed, soil can be poured inside the urn, and the small tree may be planted in the ashes.

After giving the boxwood tree some time to grow, the urn can then be planted outside, where the cork container can biodegrade, leaving only the ceramic ring as a marker and a living, growing tree to commemorate those who have passed on. It’s a gorgeous idea that transforms the traditional ‘static’ view of death into something that is fluid and triumphantly hopeful.