More sustainable than ever

Return to Sender is proud to have made the bold move away from Rimu and replace all existing Rimu caskets with the stunning Silver Beech (Tawhai).

This decision has been made to protect trees that are unsustainable for future generations, and call on the forests that are most sustainable.

Quite frankly, we love it and we know you will too.


Silver beech is sourced from Southland’s natural and second-growth forests.  The timber colouring has a variable light brownish-pink tone, with lighter shades like maple, while darker shades are closer to cherry.  Its fine straight grain with the occasional swirl gives the illusion of a silvery sheen finish to the wood.

The Archetype

Finished with specially formulated natural wax, the Archetype includes a natural wool mattress with a pillow and a matching nameplate.

The Archetype is available in four sizes;
Standard, Oversized, Long Oversized and Extra Oversized.

The Urn

The fine straight grains and a few swirls guarantee each urn its own distinctive look.  Available in either a wax finish or high water-based gloss finish.


Rimu vs Silver Beech


  • Extensively milled since 1910
  • Slow growing
  • Wood is comparatively hard and dense
  • The government only allows limited logging on private land
  • Resources expected to be exhausted in 1-2 decades


  • Medium-density hardwood with a straight grain and even texture
  • Renowned for its steam bending properties (perfect for Archetype handles)
  • Non-durable outdoors, lasting no more than 5 years in the ground
  • Sustainably managed second-growth (previously harvested and regenerated) forest
  • Currently, silver beech supply exceeds demand
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