Planting a tree can seem like a daunting task, that is why we made our urn everlasting, so you can keep it at home like any traditional urn. Also, we made it compatible with all sorts of plants so you can easily plant it at a pot at home and grow it in nice and cozy conditions.
However, the edenn urn was purpose-built to transform people into trees, to provide the departed with a green legacy and their families with a novel way to commemorate a lost life.
Here’s our tree planting guide:
We recommend planting the urn with a young tree, rather than a seed. Seeds require extra care as they take long time to germinate and a successful tree sprouting cannot be guaranteed. Planting a tree can also be quite simple sometimes. If you are lucky enough, simply sticking a sapling in the ground could do the trick, however to ensure success, there are some steps to be followed.
This video can be your guide!
Trees are awesome! At the very least they give us good shade, sometimes good fruit, as well as some good oxygen. Not to mention they can be the home for so many cool animals. Fun fact: 80% of all terrestrial plants and animals live in forests.
Trees are cool, literally! They can decrease the ambient temperatures in cities by as much as 8° Celsius. Trees can save us some energy and some bills.
Most of all though, trees can save our planet. No better, more natural, and cheaper way to keep carbon out of the atmosphere and to help us tackle the climate crisis. Just one tree can absorb as much as 22 kg of CO2 every year. A thousand trees would absorb 22 tonnes of carbon! To put this into perspective, the average European has a carbon footprint of 8 tonnes. So within a human lifespan, a small forest of a thousand trees, would absorb the emissions of almost 3 people!
Of course, trees need some time to grow and in the first 10 years they don’t absorb as much CO2 so our statements above need some additional calculations. We did the maths for you. Even when we assume that trees take 10 years to start absorbing carbon, we can conclude that it would take a thousand of them less than 40 years to completely offset the accumulated emissions of the average European who lives for 81 years. The sequestered carbon for the other 41 years can offset 3855 London-Rome flights. That much air time would keep you in a plane seat for more than a full year.
To conclude, in a lifetime, a thousand trees can offset all of a person's emissions more than two times over. You can ensure the next generations inherit a habitable planet even from the Afterlife!
Don’t believe us? Check out what our friends at The Guardian, One Tree Planted and OVO have to say about it!
Also, you can check how we ensure that 1000 trees are planted every time here.
What is mycelium?
Mycelium is a completely natural and organic material that can serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based polymers. It is the root structure of fungi, which grows underneath the ground. It is commonly referred as nature’s filter and is a source of nutrients for plants of all kinds.
How are we using mycelium?
Mycelium products are created through a 0-waste bio-process by growing the fungi roots in specially-designed molds. The mycelium develops its fibers by digesting organic waste. When dried up and fully grown, these fibers can be transformed into strong, versatile, and aesthetic products. This eliminates the need for chemicals or industrial processing, thereby greatly reducing the built-in energy and harmful emissions of the final product.
Why did we choose mycelium?
The bio-process of growing mycelium preserves all nutrients of the absorbed ingredients and creates an entirely organic material which has multiple benefits. Once planted, mycelium is fully compostable, thus putting an end to the unnecessary build-up of corporate waste. Thereby, mycelium products are truly sustainable, purpose-made with circularity in their core, and have a positive impact on the environment. At the same time the material remains unaffected when stored at home, allowing us to make the edenn urn everlasting with lifetime warranty.
The organic nature of mycelium combined with its fully compostable capabilities match our vision for natural, yet beautiful products. When composted, the mushroom-based material releases soil-enriching nutrients in the surrounding grounds. These nutrients aid the growth of trees and create an environment in which a tree, nourished from the cremated remains of a loved one, can truly thrive. Furthermore, when burned, mycelium releases only non-harmful gasses and its ashes contain useful minerals such as calcium and sodium, providing an ideal solution for an eco-friendly cremation coffin, which is our next project.
With mycelium-based products we can offset death’s carbon footprint and can provide you and your loved ones with a dignified farewell, as well as a green and living legacy.
Ensuring the planting of 1000 trees for every edenn urn is one of our biggest priorities. Without guaranteeing this, we cannot achieve our mission to offset the carbon footprint of the funeral industry. Therefore, we only work with truly dedicated and authentic NGOs with a proven track record.
Our first partner is Seedballs Kenya, an initiative that is backed by the World Economic Forum. You can read an article about them here. We were truly moved by their dedication to reforest their homeland. Seedballs Kenya distributes their proprietary tree seedballs to local NGOs, such as Big Life Foundation and Lion Guardians, who proceed to disperse the seeds across the country during their missions. Most importantly, our partners on the ground involve and empower the local communities who take care of the tree seedlings once planted. The seedballs carry only strong and native species, such as acacias, that grow stronger with better root systems when planted directly in the ground. In fact, even Leonardo Di Caprio shared a video about Seedballs, check it out here!
Once the trees have been planted, our partners send us a certificate with exact location, as well as pictures, which then allows us to then send you a certificate that the 1000 trees have been planted in the honour of your loved ones or yourself.
It is inevitable that some seedballs will fail to germinate and therefore the seedling mortality is never 0%. According to the BBC, half the seedballs will end up growing into mature trees. However, our friends at Eden Reforestation Projects, having planted more than 485 million trees, discovered that this number is not really relevant because in the long term the actual number of trees that sprout exceeds the number of seedballs planted by 150% due to natural regeneration. Therefore, it is safe to say that every edenn urn plants ‘at least’ a thousand trees.
As Teddy Kinyanjui, the co-founder of Seedballs Kenya, said, "One seedball has the potential to grow another million trees because if it becomes a mother tree in one area that's been over-exploited and very degraded, it will start re-seeding some of these places".
Check out what impact 1000 trees can have here!
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The soil type and climate can vary across the continent making certain types of trees more suitable to certain environments. To help you choose the right tree, we’ve divided the countries in Europe in categories and have listed various species that will thrive in these areas. We understand how personal and special the choice can be, so we encourage you to look more into it and make a choice that is both logical and emotional.
Category A: Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Ukraine
Category B: Austria, Czechia, Estonia, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland
Category C: Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland
Category D: France
Category E: Belgium, Denmark
Category F: Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia, Turkey
Category G: United Kingdom
Category H: Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain
Category I: Norway
Category J: Finland
Alder (Alnus glutinosa) Birch tree that can quickly grow up to 30 metres. Needs some sun and lots of rain.
Categories: A, B, C, D, I, J
Beech (Fagus sylvatica) The beech, a beautiful tree that casts a thick shade. Loves the sun.
Categories: A, B, C, D, I, J
Lime (Tilia cordata) Drought and disease cannot bring this one down. Loved by animals in nature.
Categories: A, B, C, D, I, J
Maple (Acer platanoides) Beautiful, tall, and golden in colour. Thrives in the city and loves the sun.
Categories: A, B, C, D, I, J
Oak (Quercus robur) Loves the sun, resists the drought. What more needs to be said.
Categories: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
Olive (Olea europeana) Grows slowly and only in hot and dry conditions. Worth the wait though.
Pine (Pinus halepensis) This one is known as the Jerusalem Pine. Drought can’t stop it.
Categories: E, F, H, I,
Spruce (Picea abies) Tall and green. Reminding of Christmas all the time.
Categories: A, B, C, I, J
The edenn urn is legal to use! Planting regulations may vary quite a bit from country to country, however you can always purchase the urn to keep at home or plant in your private property!
Regulation has not kept up with innovation, so most countries don’t have specific laws on biodegradable tree urns, but the table below will provide some general guidance. Please make sure to check with local authorities or your funeral directors for the most accurate rules.
The UK’s laws on this date back to two centuries ago, despite the country’s rapid shift into greener funerals. Laws regulate the planting of an urn, however there are no limitations when it comes to storing the urn above ground, at home, or scattering the ashes.
Planting a tree can seem like a daunting task, that is why we made our urn everlasting, so you can keep it at home like any traditional urn. Also, we made it compatible with all sorts of plants so you can easily plant it at a pot at home and grow it in nice, cozy, and unregulated conditions.
For guidance on how to plant a tree, please see here.