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Paw Pods – The new biodegradable burial option for pets

For most pet owners, the passing of their beloved animal often feels like the loss of a human friend or relative. However, while people get coffins or urns, pets barely get a backyard burial.

One company is willing to change that. They want to introduce an eco-friendly, sustainable way to bury dead pets, that consists of biodegradable burial pods and urns that offer pet lovers an option for creating a beautiful memorial for their late dead animals.

The Paw Pods are made from bamboo powder, rice husk and corn starch. They can be decorated with paint, markers or other craft items. After 3 to 5 years from burial, they will biodegrade. The idea came after a personal experience of the CEO of Paw Pod, Ben Riggan. After having decided to euthanize and bury his dog, he received his little companion in a plastic bag, an experience that he labeled as “horrible”, according to Tree Hugger.


“I decided to create a company to provide a better way for pets to come home, whether they will be buried or cremated,” Riggan explained. “After several years of research and development, Paw Pods was created. Since I’m a “green” kind of guy, I didn’t want to make a product that added to the environmental problems. It would have to be 100% green, sustainable and biodegradable. But unlike like so many “pet caskets” I wanted sturdy, strong construction — not flimsy paper. “Paw Pods” was created with these goals in mind and our pet urns and pet pods or burial caskets are created out of sustainable bamboo and rice husk.”

Paw Pods offers mini pods for small pets, medium pods for animals like cats and smaller dogs and large pods for dogs and other bigger animals. It also offers fish-shaped caskets, so that kids won’t hasve to go through the “trauma of seeing a pet flushed down the toilet”. Furthermore, traditional-shaped urns or heart-shaped urns are available as well. All of the products can be either kept above ground or buried, being “equipped” with a seeded memorial card full of perennial flower seeds that can be planted on top of the burial spot.

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Daisy Wilder