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Biodegradable caskets that are far more than just a cracker box, biscuit tin or a shoebox. Designed to commemorate special little lives

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WHY BACK REST IN PETS?

The death of a beloved pet can be hugely painful, and it’s difficult to plan for such a sad event. But think back to your early childhood memories of pets passing away. Goldfish flushed unceremoniously down the toilet. Guinea pigs and bunnies wrapped in old tea towels, and cats squashed into shoeboxes. Surely our furry family members are worth a bit of forethought? When you pledge, we’ll send you one of our products – so you’ll be prepared for the unexpected when it arrives. Plus you’ll be one of the very first individuals who helped usher in a gentler way of saying goodbye.

A final farewell...

The loss of a pet is often a child’s first experience with life’s tough questions, and the sadness and confusion death brings. Our range of personalisable, biodegradable pet caskets enable children to farewell their pets in a meaningful, dignified manner. Rest In Pets helps start conversations about death – while commemorating very special little lives.

OUR PRODUCTS

Features: 

  • Flat packed within a wallet
  • Make-up instructions
  • Keepsake photo frame & temporary grave marker
  • Secure locking lid
  • Biodegradable cardboard
  • Handwrite your pet’s name & leave a personal message inside 
  • Available in small, medium, large 
  • An urn if you wish to have a cremation

  • Small casket: suitable for: mice, female rats, hamsters, birds etc. 
  • Dimensions: 8.3" x 4.3" x 2.4" ( Metric - 210 x 110 x 60mm )
  • Medium casket: suitable for: guinea pigs, small rabbits, male rats etc. 
  • Dimensions: 14.2" x 7.5" x 4.1" ( Metric - 360 x 190 x 105mm )

  • Large casket: suitable for pets such as large rabbits and cats. 
  • Dimensions: 13.8" x 13.8" x 5.9" ( Metric - 350 x 350 x 150mm )
  • URN: suitable for the ashes of pets up to the size of a cat.
  • Dimensions: 3.3" x 3.3" x 4.1" ( Metric - 85 x 85 x 105mm )

DETAIL

We've designed and tested a set of products that finally gives pet lovers an option. Our smaller designs use a classic coffin shape, a well known visual metaphor that everyone can relate to. It adds a sense of solemn dignity.

For the large casket, we designed a new hexagonal shape. At the end of their lives, Cats are best farewelled curled up... maybe remembering one of their many afternoon naps. The hexagonal shape suits this best.

If you wish to have your pet cremated the urn is an ideal way to hold the ashes. If you wish to scatter these at some stage there is an easy pull tab to do this. Alternatively, if you seek bury your pet after cremation you could lay them to rest in one of our caskets.

PROTOTYPES

For the past year Mat the talented cardboard engineer of THINK Packaging has been refining prototypes - from initial sketches through to CAD drawings and hand cut samples. Constantly improving and developing every step of the way. 

THE FUTURE FOR REST IN PETS

We have the capability to expand the product range to include a dog casket, which has been requested many times. But due to complexities of size and weight this will take many more months of work including design, research and development. Your pledge at this stage will help move us toward this development.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP 

All products are finalized and ready to be produced but we can’t do this alone. We now need your support in raising funds to cover production tools, printing, packing/handling and shipping. Make this product a reality with your pledges! 

REWARDS 

See top right of page: All our awesome designs are available as pledge rewards, so you have one on hand when the time comes. Or you  may simply just like our idea/products or don't have pets, if this is the case we have alternative rewards.

One of these rewards features 100 limited edition A4 prints on fine art paper, signed by our brilliant illustrator Beck Wheeler. Plus an additional 50 are available in our COMBO reward.

*SPECIAL* CUSTOM PRINTED CASKET REWARD!! 

If you want something that's a little extra special we can print a custom casket for you. We will have a portrait made of your beloved pet (see example below) and printed on your choice of casket - small, medium, large or urn. You will also receive the original 8 x 10 inch portrait of your pet on fine art paper (ideal for framing) and a bonus 6 x 4 inch print for the Rest In Pets keepsake photo frame.

Our fellow New Zealanders..

As a New Zealand based company we will have some stock here so can offer domestic shipping for our fellow Kiwis. When you have chosen your reward please click - In the US? this will change it to domestic shipping. Please then adjust your pledge amount accordingly. SORRY - FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN NEW ZEALAND ONLY

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

The ICEHOUSE: Debra Chantry - Mentor, legend.

Bruce Seymour: Our awesome US project manager, and The BizDojo team.

Curious design: Nigel, Monique, Curtis & the team, epic performances.

On Digital: Greg - videographer, big guy, French. Our new hero.

Yay Hooray: Leo Wolff, Anna Johnstone, website, encouragement, superstars.

Beck Wheeler: Illustrator, champion.

Jeremy Black: Ideas bouncer, advice, the general.

Design Packaging Inc: Evelio Mattos: Belief, support, brilliant.

Dpod: Andrew, Mitch, Glen and the team, patience, support and prototypes.

Friends, family and all those awesome folk who have pitched in over this year, helping our idea come to life. 

Thank You! 

Thanks for your interest and support! With your help we can make this product a reality and give our beloved pets the dignified burial it deserves. 

Don't settle for just a box... choose Rest In Pets.


Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We cannot really see there being many risks with this project. Being experienced in packaging design and having a wealth of background knowledge of print this is an exciting and fun challenge, rather than a problematic one. Our main challenge is to reach our $11,000 goal which is the minimum amount needed for our first product run. We have done extensive prototyping and testing and feel confident in our design. Our estimated goal for delivery is October 2013 however we shall try our best to bring this forward a little. We will be posting updates to keep all backers informed of our progress. As there are a few components to our product (wallet, casket/urn, photo frame and grave marker) it will be a challenge making sure these are all correctly folded and packed into the wallet for delivery. We are going to be relaying clear instructions to the production company explaining the whole process from start to finish, preventing any problems or delays.

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    FRIEND REWARD: Every dollar moves the project forward! All backers will get our sincere thanks and the option to have their name proudly displayed on our thank-you page at www.restinpets.com

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    All backers will get a high-five and our sincere thanks! We would like to show the world who helped us on this journey by posting a picture of your pet or yourself on our website & Facebook page. Not only that but we will also print your picture and send it to you with our keepsake photo frame. Free Delivery anywhere in the world

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    THE SMALL CASKET: suitable for: mice, female rats, hamsters, birds etc. It comes flat packed inside a wallet and is easily assembled. Complete with make-up instructions, a keepsake photo frame and grave marker.

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    Receive one t-shirt printed with our colourful illustration, available in mens, womens or childrens size. Plus an option to have your name listed on our thank you page.

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    THE URN: suitable for the ashes of pets up to the size of a cat. The urn comes flat packed inside a wallet and is easily assembled, complete with a keepsake photo frame and grave marker.

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    THE MEDIUM CASKET: suitable for: guinea pigs, small rabbits, male rats etc. It comes flat pack in a wallet complete with make up instructions, a keepsake photo frame and a grave marker.

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    Rest In Pets PRINT: An A4 limited edition print of the Rest In Pets artwork signed by the artist.

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    THE LARGE CASKET: Suitable for pets such as large rabbits and cats. Comes flat pack in a wallet complete with make up instructions, a keepsake photo frame and a grave marker.

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    COMBO: Your choice of casket from small, medium large or urn which comes flat pack in a wallet complete with make up instructions, a keepsake photo frame and a grave marker. PLUS a limited edition A4 print signed by the artist. PLEASE ADD the following international shipping fees - add $15 for the small casket, $15 for the urn, $20 for the medium and $30 for the large.

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    *SPECIAL* CUSTOM PRINTED CASKET: Send us a picture of your beloved pet and we will have a portrait made (see example on main page) and printed on your choice of casket - small, medium, large or urn. You will also receive the original 8 x 10 inch portrait of your pet on fine art paper (ideal for framing) and a bonus 6 x 4 inch print for the Rest In Pets keepsake photo frame.

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    Our own very talented structural cardboard engineer Mat Bogust! He is selling his service to create you and your pet something extra special! Check out his website www.thinkpack.co.nz to see the extent of his skills. With your imagination and Mat's skills combined, together you will create something unique for yourself or pet. He will custom design something, may it be a playhouse for your cat, a maze for your guinea pig or rabbit or a scratch pad. Anything that is made of cardboard. He will of course advise what is possible and size limitations.

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