Sand and Gelatine Urns

The Passages® Sand and Gelatine 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 a couple of 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.

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. Once placed in water, the urn will break down within three days.

We also offer a permanent Oceane, Sand urn. Virtually identical to our popular Oceane, Sand biodegradable urn, but designed for permanent use. The urn is kiln-fired for strength & durability and is ideal for presentation in the family home or placement in a cemetery niche.


Hand Crafted from Renewable Resources
This product is handmade and uses renewable materials like willow, bamboo, or something similar. This ensures a small environmental footprint from the very beginning of the product’s inception.

Water Biodegradable
This product will biodegrade in as little as 4 hours when placed into water. Federal regulations should be followed when performing a water burial.

Earth Biodegradable
This product will biodegrade when placed into the earth.

Green Burial Council Certified
The Green Burial Council is the leading environmental certification organization setting the standard for green burial in North America. They offer environmental certification for funeral homes, cemeteries and product manufacturers in the industry.

TSA Compliant
This product adheres to travel requirements set in place by the Transportation Security Administration of America and is suitable for “in-cabin” airline transportation on a commercial flight.

Passages® eco-friendly funeral products give families the opportunity to honor a loved one after their passing with a smaller environmental footprint. We believe that, especially when a person valued sustainability during their life, it is important to have the option for a greener end-of-life ritual. Whether a family chooses to bury or cremate, our caskets and carriers are dignified and suitable to do so in an eco-friendly manner. If cremation is chosen, our biodegradable urns offer a variety of options for ceremonies that return the cremated remains to the earth.

Oceane, Large:Oceane, Mini:
19 Dia. x 23.5 cm5"Dia. x 5.25"H
3.27 Litres0.66 Litres
Round, Large:Round, Mini:
24.7 Dia. x 20.1 cm11.4 Dia. x 11.4 cm
3.45 Litres0.66 Litres

Passages International® is a designer and wholesale distributor of green funeral products.

If you are a funeral professional and your company is interested in offering Passages products in the UK and Europe, call our office during business hours, Monday to Friday at +44 (0) 1628 290220. Or, send us an email at passages@tiscali.co.uk.

If you have recently lost a loved one or are pre-planning a funeral and are interested in purchasing Passages products, we recommend looking at our Find a Funeral Director Page. You can also find an AGF partner provider at www.agreenerfuneral.org.

If there is not a listed provider near you, any funeral home, cemetery, or crematory can purchase our products. Write us through our contact form or call us at +44 (0) 1628 290220 and we will be happy to connect you with someone in your area who can help you. In most cases we are able to ship small packages overnight if needed, and we will do everything we can to make sure you are served in a timely manner.