Inspired by our recent trip to Maine, I ordered a new doormat from the Maine Float Rope Company. Each mat is handwoven in Maine using reclaimed lobster trap float rope. A serious threat to the endangered northern right whale due to entanglement, and ultimately a serious threat to the environment at large, float rope was replaced with sink rope in the state five years ago. Since then literally millions of pounds of float rope have been recovered from the ocean, and it still continues to wash to shore. Banned from landfills, but perfect for its new function, it is seemingly indestructible. Although I chose a stock pattern and color scheme (black with aqua stripes — love!), they do make custom mats. Most importantly, Maine Float Rope Company is a wonderfully ethical business from using recycled packing materials to providing off-season employment to local fisherman and year-round employment to retired citizens of their great state.