Lobster rope doormats
When the laws changed regarding lobster float rope, Maine lobstermen suddenly had piles of colorful line that wasn’t useful. Voila — the recycled lobster rope doormat. The idea is, if this material can withstand years of being hauled in and out of the ocean, it will hold up to foot traffic, kids, and dogs, on your porch or patio. Several companies make these mats, but we’re partial to the wide variety of lively stripe combinations (each named for a Maine town) sold by Stern Lines. They work with 24 different Maine lobstermen to make the mats, using only repurposed rope. Their lobster rope coasters ($19) add a coastal vibe to any home or apartment. Mats are 19 by 30 inches; $44; available at the Brass Lyon, 36 Market Square, Newburyport; www.mainelobstermats.com.