Mainers love to recycle, and some of the most recycled materials in the state are lobster traps, lobster rope and other detritus of the lobster industry. Here’s a sampling of what creative entrepreneurs have made out of lobster gear:

 Jim Huebener, an engineer, bicyclist and a part-time lobsterman from Cape Elizabeth, makes bike baskets out of old lobster traps. $52-70.

 Peter and Nikki Sullivan, owners of the Lobster Buoy Birdhouse Co. in Bowdoinham, make birdhouses out of lobster buoys and suet feeders that hang from the tree with recycled lobster rope. $44 for birdhouse, $26 for suet feeder.

 When Don and Kyle Jackson aren’t making actual lobster traps at Sea Rose Trap Co. in Scarborough, they’re making lobster trap furniture – rockers, chairs, love seats and a wire version of the tourist trap that started it all, lobster trap tables. Prices vary.

 Cordage Creations in Bristol makes pet food mats out of lobster rope so Fido won’t spill his melted butter on your carpet. $35-55.

969361_995571 lobster rope doormat.jpg Three words: Lobster rope doormats. $49.95.

 Middle Street Minis, a shop on, shrinks lobster trap tables down to dollhouse size so Barbie and Ken can relax with a tiny pint of Allagash White in their rustic Maine getaway. $35. shop MADUpcycle takes old lobster buoys from the Bar Harbor area and turns them into lamps so you can read about the effects of climate change on the lobster industry without hurting your eyes. $52.

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