Passages Sand and Gelatin Urns are produced using sustainable materials to create an attractive and environmentally-friendly alternative for families. Each urn is hand-painted by skilled artisans and some designs include real beach sand or crushed quartz applied to the outer surface of the urn. The urns have holes in the bottom to allow water to enter quickly, so that they float only briefly and then gracefully sink when placed into water.
Each urn includes a biodegradable bag into which the cremated remains must be placed. No glue is required to seal the urn. Simply remove the lid, carefully moisten the inside lip and replace the lid. It will seal itself. The urns are produced with a vegetable-based gelatin. Detailed instructions are available for download here.
Each urn is shipped in a box with custom protective packaging that provides families with a convenient and discreet option for transportation. The box (and urn) will pass through airport security screenings and can fit in the overhead compartment of most commercial airliners.
When buried in the ground, the urn will biodegrade within three months. When placed into water, the urn will break down within three days.
We also offer permanent Oceane Sand and Oceane Sand Mini urns. Virtually identical to our popular Oceane Sand biodegradable urn, but designed for permanent use. The urn is kiln-fired for strength and durability and is ideal for presentation in the family home or placement in a cemetery niche.
These urns meet federal regulations requiring all containers used for burials at sea be 100% biodegradable. Federal regulations also require that burial occurs no closer than 3 nautical miles from shore.
Engraving is available on the Classic Sand and Gelatin urns.