Saturday, February 20, 2010
What do lobster and this doormat have in common?
My mom and dad gave me this fantastic doormat. You must be thinking, a doormat? What is soooo fantastic about a doormat? It's not just any old doormat, it's special.....
The rope used in creating this doormat was part of a rope buy back program in Maine that affected hundreds of lobster men (and women) and thousands of feet of rope. Captain and I each have our recreational lobstering license, so we were very interested in the program. The story is this, lobster men were required to switch from rope that floats, to rope that will sink. The reason? To protect our wildlife. So when the tide goes out, all this extra, slack rope isn't floating around in the water that a seal or whale could get all wrapped up in. Captain and I actually already had the sinking rope (and a little breakaway do-hickey in case a harbor seal were to get caught in our ropes), so we were in compliance. But all that floating rope out there had to be replaced. And all that old rope would potentially end up in a landfill. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of rope.
Video link about these doormats: http://video.dailygrommet.com/services/player/bcpid37836813001?bctid=42733932001
Enter The Maine Float Rope Company. These doormats are designed by environmentalist Penny Johnston. Her company collects and recycles the rope and turns it into virtually indestructible doormats. The result is a safer habitat for marine mammals, some financial relief for the lobster men, and a cleaner environment.