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
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BEST award consumer category
2007
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BEST award sustainable product category
2008
Sustainable Business Network judges commendation for innovation
2010
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PWC Fairfax sustainable 60 community contribution award
2010
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PWC Fairfax sustainable 60 emerging business award
2012
SBN Awards 2012 Winners Badge
NZI sustainable innovation award
2015
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Investors In People | silver accreditation
2015
WESTPAC AUCKLAND BUSINESS AWARDS 2015 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

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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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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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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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Upcycling sawdust

04 December 2019
Return to Sender strives to minimise waste. Helps us, help you with free sawdust
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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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UK Funeral trends

16 October 2019
United Kingdom's CO-OP FuneralCare directors have recorded trends of 500,000 funerals conducted in the last fi...
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Mourning

Importance of grief, mourning and funerals

19 September 2019
Your loved one may have gone, but you are still here. A funeral can be personalised for your loved one; they m...
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New ‘Return to Sender’ truck

30 August 2019
Look out of our new truck on the road
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Growing our future – Tree planting

The amazing Hikurangi Primary School kids and a very supportive and encouraging staff planted almost 1,000 nat...
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