Spotted on The Daily Grommet: colorful, indestructible doormats made from discarded lobster float ropes. With Custom Cordage, Maine resident David Bird has found a way to recycle polypropylene ropes destined for landfill and help local lobstermen offset the cost of buying new, whale-friendly ropes. Each doormat is handwoven in Waldoboro, Maine, and can be ordered in a traditional rectangular or runner style; a wide range of Custom Cordage Doormats is on offer at the New England Trading Company; prices start at $39.95 for an 18-by-3-inch doormat.

Above: A selection of Maine Float-Rope Doormats can be found at the New England Trading Company; photo via The Daily Grommet.

Above: The ocean blue and yellow Maine Float-Rope Doormat (18 by 30 inches) is $39.95 at New England Trading Company. Photo via The First Few.

(N.B.: This is an update of a post that originally ran on July 27, 2011.)



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