Design

Handcrafted with care from natural materials
Award-winning designs

A lot of thought goes into our caskets

From what people want, to how we can minimise waste and the use of metal. Our designs have the planet in mind, are beautiful to look at and celebrate your loved one’s life, personality and beliefs. We’re constantly innovating to develop new products, technology and techniques each year.

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Awards
Through the years, we’ve won many awards for our innovative designs, eco-focus and commitment to our people. Have a look.
2007
BestAwards
BEST award consumer category
2007
BestAwards
BEST award sustainable product category
2008
Sustainable Business Network judges commendation for innovation
2010
S COMMUNITY
PWC Fairfax sustainable 60 community contribution award
2010
S WINNER
PWC Fairfax sustainable 60 emerging business award
2012
SBN Awards Winners Badge
NZI sustainable innovation award
2015
IIP Logo SILVER e
Investors In People | silver accreditation
2015
WESTPAC AUCKLAND BUSINESS AWARDS FINALIST WEST Excellence in Innovation
Westpac auckland business awards | excellence in innovation
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

In-house knowledge

Our in-house design solutions solve real issues. For example, our ‘Biscuit joiner’ reduces the need for metal fixtures. Or the technology developed to mould our Archetype rail handles into the perfect curve, speeding up the process. Plus, our wooden-topped screws that complete the natural look.

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Personalisation

Make it unique

Return to Sender caskets can truly reflect the person inside. Personalise Wayfarer and Artisan caskets with images or special messages, printed directly on to the timber with natural inks.

Did Aunty May only wear pink? Kōwhai caskets can be finished in any Resene water-based colour, including handles, thumbscrews and urns.

Latest News

CSK WR PD DYI design

Personalised caskets

21 January 2021
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Environmentally friendly drop bar handles

Environmentally friendly drop bar handles

23 December 2020
New to the Return to Sender range are the Zamak drop bar handles with a solid pine insert colour matched to t...
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Jesse Rose

Northland 2020 Business Champion Jessie Rose wins several categories

06 November 2020
Artist and business owner Jessie Rose with some of her spectacular yet unusual art pieces that saw her win sev...
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A sneak peek behind the scenes of a casket manufacturer

05 November 2020
This is how we make our caskets.
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Harley

Changing the narrative

16 September 2020
Copy of the Return to Sender Caskets article in the September 2020 issue of Verve Magazine.
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TFS Goldfields Paeroa

Tree planting in Paeroa

12 June 2020
Return to Sender joined Goldfields Special School to plant natives along the Ohinemuri River, Paeroa.
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long and short of it casket options

The long and the short of it

17 April 2020
Return to Sender has added a new size to our Archetype, Woodhill and Fernwood caskets to accommodate the popul...
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More sustainable than ever

17 March 2020
Return to Sender is proud to have made the bold move away from Rimu and replace all existing Rimu caskets with...
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Sawdust is man glitter

Upcycling sawdust

04 December 2019
Return to Sender strives to minimise waste. Helps us, help you with free sawdust
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Burial and cremation act

Submissions open to update the Burial & Cremation Act 1964

18 November 2019
On Friday, the Ministry of Health opened a consultation on modernising New Zealand's laws around death, burial...
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