Every doormat that we create here at STERNLINES tells a different story as to where the rope originated from. Although the patterns may be similar, no two are ever the same! Often times, what ends up on your doorstep or dock was just reclaimed as old lobster fishing gear out of the Atlantic a few short days or weeks prior to its arrival at your home!
Years ago I lived in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and met a handful of lobstermen. Always taken back by their true character and passion for their profession, I kept in touch with many of my lobstermen friends as time moved on. The rope they use to haul traps is usually worn after a season or two and generally ends up in a landfill as it has no real use to a lobstermen anymore. I was mazed by the colorful material and thought to myself, others should be able to see the beauty behind its back story out of the Atlantic Ocean.
Always caring about the environment, my husband and I knew there should be a way to give this retired fishing gear a well deserved second life. That is where STERNLINES became a business. Today, we now travel from York all the way to Machiasport, Maine on a regular basis gathering and reclaiming old rope from over 40 different Maine lobstermen. Since 2012, we have reclaimed and recycled over 100,000 lbs. of Maine lobster rope that would have ended up in a landfill. As our product offerings expand into other reclaimed goods and classically styled apparel, we are thrilled to grow STERNLINES as a family based endeavor that helps our environment and sets a good example for the next generation.
- Liz Mallory Norcia (Co-Founder)
Made in New England | Anchored in Maine