7.29.2010

Wipe Your Feet, and Save a Whale


Everywhere I went in midcoast Maine, I kept seeing these handsome, rugged doormats made of rope; they came in dozens of different color variations. They were on friends' porches, and for sale at farmstands, gift shops, and souvenir centers. I finally broke free of the cursed Money Diet and spent $50 on one for my kitchen door. It was the tag on the back explaining what the mats were really all about that inspired me to loosen the pursestrings. Evidently, these are "whale-friendly" mats. The North Atlantic Right Whale is an endangered baleen; one of the factors in their demise is that they become tangled in the floating ground rope used by lobstermen, and they drown. Whales are mammals, and like us, they need to take a deep breath from time to time. Maine lobstermen are being encouraged to trade in their ropes for sinking ground lines, but it is an expensive exchange, and lots of rope is discarded in the process. The doormats are a solution: they are made of that rope, cleaned and recycled. In scraping the soil from your garden off your shoes, you are lending a hand to your friends in the ocean.

The tag offers a phone number for more information or to order: 207 832 0580.

15 comments:

Jacqueline said...

This would be a perfect submission for Project Genesis over at The Old Grey Mare on August 1. Get the word out even further!

pve design said...

Last week -my head was being roped in to nautical knots and dreams about being cast away....maybe I need one of those doormats to bring my feet down to earth. (in espadrilles, more rope) Wiping my espadrilles from the beach on one of those doormats.
pve

Cristina said...

yeah, it's a noble cause, but just the same I find their price too high for just a doormat.

Plain&ElegantAntiques said...

What a wonderful idea, I have been looking for a doormat for some time and will look into purchasing one.

Karena said...

A great cause and the mats are beautiful!!

Dominique could you email me at kalbert1@kc.rr.com?

Karena
Art by Karena

Joanna said...

This is brilliant. And the mats look so fetching, too. Thanks for highlighting a noble cause.

Ana Maria said...

Dominique:
Thanks for this great tip. I went on their website. It's great. Their doormats come in several colors and two sizes.

http://www.mainefloatrope.com/

PS: I just finished reading your book - EXCELLENT! Highly recommend it!

Barbara said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the info.

Barbara said...

Dominique, I can't find a share button on your blog, and many of your posts I would like to share. I can do it by pasting the link, but sometimes it's just easier to click. Just curious why.

Everyday Goddess said...

Those are really great looking, and I love the fact that it helps the whales!

Kate said...

Daily Grommet tells the story of these terrific float rope mats in a 3 minute video: http://www.dailygrommet.com/products/433-The-Right-Mat-Outdoor-Doormats-Made-From-Recycled-Lobster-Float-Rope

c said...

Anything and everything that increases awareness ... I'm all for it.

Too expensive? Not in my book. Not when you consider the cost of all the damage we are inflicting on the planet, our oceans, our children and grandchildren.

Kerry said...

Wonderful ingenuity matched with worthwhile and useful! I have just this minute finished reading Slow Love and just wanted to say how much I well, loved it! I didn't read it slowly...in fact I started this morning at 7.30 and finished at 4.30 with some gardening, throwing something in the slow cooker and a bit of domesticity as well. It was fabulous...one of the best books I've read in a long time. I became aware of it through A Bloomsbury Life blog and didn't know of your background (some things escape us here in the land down under!) But just wanted to say thank you for giving me a day of such pleasure.

Dominique said...

I will find out about the SHARE button! and many thanks for sharing the news about the doormat. Re prices: these things are always so tricky. I learned long ago (at House and Garden) to remain agnostic about prices. In other words--my job is to share the find, or the information--and I let readers decide for themselves what price they can afford. I do agree, though: protecting the planet: priceless.

Thanks as well for sharing your response to SLOW LOVE! That makes my day. d

LLH Designs said...

Hooray for making the most of lobsterman leftovers. Maine is good at at making the most of leftovers...like sail cloth bags. Islanders were doing it long before it was "hip."

I'm personally fond of the heart rocks in your photo! I've collected quite a few over the years! Love 'em!

Blessings,
Linsey