Ground burial urns fall into two categories: urns that protect the ashes from the elements and urns that are meant to biodegrade after burial. Most families who talk about a ground burial urn are looking for a cremation urn that is durable enough to be buried in a cemetery without the added expense of buying an urn vault. Urn vaults are required by cemeteries to "contain" typical urns made of metal and wood that would otherwise be vulnerable to the elements. Cremation urns made of certain materials such as cultured marble are durable enough to be buried as is.
On the other hand, some ground burial urns are designed to release the ashes into the ground. These biodegradable urns are crafted to break down naturally over time. Many families are comforted by the idea of products with little to no impact on the planet in their construction and in how the ashes are dispersed. Ground burial cremation urns of this type are meant to biodegrade in the ground/soil and are placed in areas designated for green burials.
A range of materials are used in the construction of ground burial urns such as paper, hemp, salt, and cornstarch. The styles generally reflect soft, neutral colors and natural themes. The Embrace Biodegradable Urn - White Hemp is a popular earth burial urn with its embossed floral design, cream and natural colors, and wood pulp construction. With this gentle urn choice, families can create a meaningful and earth-friendly farewell.