Thursday, July 14, 2011
The Maine solution
The Maine Float Rope Co., is dedicated to a great cause. In Maine, lobster fisherman use float-rope to tether multiple traps together on the ocean floor. The problem with float-rope is that it can entangle whales, which sometimes leads to their injury or death. Now, Maine lobstermen are required to replace float-rope with sink-rope. But Penny Johnson (the company’s owner) had a brilliant idea- to collect and recycle the rope and turn it into terrific, colorful and virtually indestructible doormats. There are tons of choices of colors, both bright and muted, solid or striped. As Penny herself says, "Our Down East Doormats are unique and helpful in every way, plus they are handwoven on the coast of Maine."