Maine fishing-line doormats are a gift that keeps giving

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Looking for a gift from Maine that gives back? How about a door mat made from recycled fishing groundlines? Since 2007, the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation has been buying back floating groundlines from lobsterman as part of its Bottom Line Project, and since 2009, it’s made more than 150,000 pounds of the rope available to doormat makers.

Now it’s selling these wonderful, colorful doormats for $50 (free shipping) and all the proceeds benefit the non-profit organization, so your purchase is tax deductible. With one ka-ching, you’re aiding Maine lobstermen, helping whales avoid entanglement, benefiting the environment, and giving the Maine economy a much-needed booster shot.