FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bios Urn?

Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn and was originally designed to turn the ashes of a person or pet into a tree. 

Who created it?

Bios Urn was an idea from designer Gerard Moliné, introduced in the year 1997. Later on, in the year 2002, Bios Urn won the ADI FAD medal, and in the year 2005, it was a Top Nominee for the INDEX Award and Premio Expohogar Regalo (Exhihome Gift Award). After several years, and with Roger Moliné joining the team, Bios Urn became a start-up company with the aim of changing the way people understand life.

Who is behind the project?

Bios Urn is a project by estudimoline, a design study located in Barcelona, Catalonia. They have more than 15 years of experience constructing products, brands and experiences with this project.
Currently, they are an independent team of professionals working on Bios Urn. Get to know the Bios Urn team.  You can get to know their work, projects, designs, exhibitions and much more on the page www.estudimoline.com

Why use Bios Urn?

  • It is innovative: it demonstrates the possibilities for invention have by no means been exhausted. 
  • It is useful: thanks to its creative process, Bios Urn becomes something necessary to achieve proper growth of the tree.
  • It is aesthetic: it is a simple, kind object, designed for our well-being. It is understandable, its shape describes its function.
  • It is self-explanatory.
  • It is discrete: Bios Urn leaves no trace of identification that it has been used. It is completely biodegradable.
  • It is honest: it is a product with a very specific role that does not intend to be more innovative or valuable than it truly is.
  • It is long-lasting and independent. Thanks to its manufacturing process, Bios Urn does not “expire” and, as such, its use is not bound by any specific period, epoch or place.
  • Its design is democratic, its price is reasonable and allows for total compatibility in logistics processes and commercial distribution.
  • It is sustainable: both the product and its function imply an environmental, social and economic improvement for a growing problem, overpopulation and metropolis growth.
  • It is simple. Less, can be better.

PRODUCT

How to plant your Bios Urn

The Bios Urn is really simple to use. The urn is divided into two separate capsules: the upper capsule is a sealed unit to ensure the good condition of the premium grow medium; and the lower capsule is where you will store the placenta. Then close it with the top capsule.

Before you bury the urn, select a suitable seedling from your local garden centre. This provides you with the opportunity to make a more personal selection, and have a plant type that is both suitable and pre-hardened to your location. Keeping both sections of the urn together, remove the tear-away paper seal from the top capsule. Empty the bag of grow medium into the top capsule, and add some soil from the burial site to it, mixing them together. Loosen the seedling roots gently and plant the seedling into the capsule. The entire urn can now be buried into a suitably dug hole. Bury the urn approx 3-5 cm under the surface so the entire urn can bio-degrade. It is now ready to water in and take care of.

Simply plant your urn where you want your tree to grow and take care of it. Always plant all of the urn, which is 100% biodegradable and won’t damage the soil. You can plant your Bios Urn using a seed or a young sprout. The Bios Urn should be planted about 3-5 cm from the soil surface. Once planted, make sure the seed has the appropriate water and humidity levels.

Does the Bios Urn consist of any materials that should not be buried in the soil?

No, the Bios Urn is 100% biodegradable, and made with no chemicals, preservatives, or additives.

Is it legal to bury the Urn anywhere?

Please check with local authorities, but typically the urn can be planted wherever it is legal to plant a tree, including your backyard. It can also be planted in a plant pot inside your house.

What care does Bios Urn require?

Bios Urn requires much the same care as a normal tree: water, sunlight and good temperature. As such, in order to ensure proper growth, a site with proper soil humidity, an appropriate temperature and few hours of sunlight must be selected.
If the process requires too much care on the part of the user, a good option is to use a sprout or seedling in place of a seed during the planting process.

Does it have expiration date?

Bios Urn does not have an expiration date.
Thanks to the materials used to create the Bios Urn, you can keep the urn indefinitely. To favour its preservation, we recommend keeping the product in a dry place away from extreme heat. If you don’t plan on using your urn any time soon, we recommend getting a Bios Urn without seed. You can add your preferred seed at the moment of planting.

Which is the capacity of the Bios Urn

The Bios Urn can contain a placenta.
The capacity of the urn is 5.8lbs, or 2.5 Liters.
Nonetheless, it can be used with a smaller amount of the placenta, too.

What is the size of the urn?

The box size is 16 x 16 x 32 cm. and weight 0,85 Kg.

Can I use a seedling instead of a seed?

Yes, we recommend this in Australia.

Can I plant a flower, a plant, or a bush instead of a tree?

Absolutely, the choice is yours.

Can I use a pot to grow the seed?

Yes, you can plant the urn in a pot with enough capacity to bury the urn and then transplant it to its final location. Therefore, we have created the Bios Incube, the first system that lets you plant your Bios Urn close to you, and combines the insights of tree growth with data from its environment. Depending on the type of tree, the Bios Incube will water it accordingly. 

PRICE

What is the price of the Bios Urn?

For Australian customers the Bios Urn costs $189, GST free

May I be Bios Urn Wholesaler or Retailer?

If you are a Wholesaler, a shop or offer related services and you wish to offer the Bios Urn, please email happybirthtree@gmail.com

How can I pay in the online shop?

We accept PayPal. If you require a different payment method, please send us an email happybirthtree@gmail.com

SHIPPING & HANDLING

What shipping methods are there?

We  ship Australia wide through AU Post or our Couriers.
You can get more information on delivery time frames in the website’s shipping section.

How long does shipping take?

Shipping generally takes between 2-5 business days. Some shipments may take longer to your destination if there are delays which are out of our control. We offer standard and express shipping.

Brand

Bios Urn is a registered trademark and is protected by international commerce laws. Any use of the trademark Bios Urn must be approved by the respective owner Estudi Moline Disseny, SL.

Patent

Bios Urn is patented world-wide and is protected by intellectual property laws. Any use of the trademark Bios Urn must be approved by the respective owner Estudi Moline Disseny, SL.

LEGAL

Is it legal to use Bios Urn?

Yes, it is absolutely legal to use a Bios Urn.

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