An Auckland-based duo is seeking backers on Kickstarter to create Rest in Pets, a sensitive and sustainable way to farewell your four-legged friend when the end arrives.
Designed by cardboard engineer Mat Bogust of THINK Packaging, who has been in the packaging design industry for fifteen years, Rest in Pets grew from a desire to offer a gentler way for children to farewell their pets that didn't involve resorting to a regular old box.
Jane is "the brains" behind Rest in Pets, according to Bogust. "We've spent the last year tirelessly developing this business and idea together.
"We wanted to design something well thought through, affordable and personal," says Bogust.
Illustrated by Beck Wheeler, the cardboard caskets are biodegradable and available in three sizes, ranging in price from $20 to $60.
Bogust received heart-warming feedback from a family who used a Rest in Pets prototype after their guinea pig Peanut died.
"We received a very cute video and photos showing the girls writing a farewell letter, decorating the casket and the whole family standing together whilst little Peanut was laid to rest."
Their pledge requests on Kickstarter range from $5 to $300, with some entitling the backer to prototype products, or limited edition signed prints by Wheeler.
You can make a pledge here.