Soft Place to Land: New Eco-Friendly Doormats

If this year’s weather patterns tell us anything, it’s that there’s no pattern to predict. April showers have certainly brought May flowers, but the cold, damp weather has continued long into the fairer months—at least on the East Coast. Save the brand-new parquet flooring from muddy shoes with a cheery doormat: the latest applications of eco materials allow you to really get your footing.

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1. We wear them because they’re easy, arch support be damned! But now, Gaiam has found a new use for the discarded foam and rubber scraps that sandal manufacturers usually dump into landfills; Flip Flop Doormats (from $32) offer a friendly, come-as-you-are welcome.

2. Channel the tropics with the Frog Vinyl Back Coir Doormat ($25.99), made of coco coir, a fiber extracted from the shells of used coconuts. The skid-proof vinyl backing is made of 100 percent vulcanized rubber.

3. Embrace the natural world and all its fauna with the Birdie Doormat ($38) from Chiasso, also made of coco coir and a recycled-rubber non-slip backing.

4. A more industrial approach, the Waterhog eco doormats (from $24.95) are composed of 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET polyster fiber reclaimed from plastic bottles, and 15 percent post-consumer recycled rubber backing reclaimed from trees. They’re available in eight colors for added pop.

5. A bold, two-tone doormat from Maine Float Rope (from $49.95) has a sea-faring backstory: the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation hands over discarded float-rope, once used by lobsterman to tether multiple traps together until it was deemed a threat to whales. This creative reuse of thousands of pounds of turned-in material surely floats our boat!

6. A river ran through it—until, that is, VivaTerra hand-assembled natural stones to produce its rustic line of doormats ($49). Added bonus: the calming pitter-patter of rainfall.

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