A Recent Survey of adults across Britain has suggested that people could be more environmentally conscious when considering burying the cremated remains of a loved one. The Survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Secure Haven, an Essex based firm that provides storage facilities for loved ones’ ashes shows that 36% of people questioned said they would consider, burying ashes in a biodegradable urn that nurtures the growth of a memorial tree. The Findings show that this option is favoured particularly by younger people. Of those questioned, 39% of people aged between 18 and 24, 41% of people aged between 25 and 34 and 42% of respondents aged between 35 and 44 favoured tree urns as a living memorial for their loved ones ashes. This is compared to 30% of people 55 and over.
Some 25% opted for a biodegradable urn, which breaks down over time. Again this option proved more favourable among younger respondents with 27% of people aged between 18 and 24 stating it as just a preference. This is compared to 21% of over 55’s.
Water soluble urns, which dissolve in water after sea burial, were favoured by a further 14% of people questioned, which could be out of respect for cultural traditions and also because of last known wishes. Keepsakes proved to be more popular with women than men. The survey shows 20% of women compared to just 11% of men have or would consider, storing the ashes in a keepsake such as an item of jewellery.
Cheryl Yarwood, director of Secure Haven, commented on the results of the survey. She said:
The trend for environmentally – friendly burial options has been emerging from Europe over the last couple of years. It is fascinating to see that people in the UK are increasingly considering the environment when thinking about how to bury the ashes of a loved one, especially as this makes ecological sense after cremation. We have seen a huge rise in the number of people burying our biodegradable urns that nurture new tree life and our water burial urns over the last few months. We generally sell them with our personal keepsakes which are often bought for more than one member of the family.
Certainly, these urns give bereaved families the satisfaction and comfort of watching a new living tree growing from the ashes of someone they loved.