My mom always said to me, “The only way someone can treat you like a doormat is if you lay down first.” Eleanor Roosevelt offered similar sage advice: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

But let’s suppose you really were a doormat, yet you refused to feel inferior. What kind of doormat would you be?

I’m going to take a leap and guess you’d be the kind of doormat that commands a level of respect in the home, from both family members and visitors. You might say something like:

So, you want to walk all over me?
Let me show you what I’m made of.

I am not inferior.
I am better.

I am natural. I am biodegradable.
I am recycled.
I have evolved.

So with that, let’s get to it! Here are some ingenious natural fiber and recycled doormats that people might walk all over, but when they do, they’ll do so with deep respect.

Natural Fiber Doormats

Doormats made from natural fibers are always a good bet. Once it’s worn out, a doormat made from natural fibers will eventually biodegrade and be less destructive to the environment. In some cases, if the doormat is 100% natural fibers, like coir doormats (which are made from coconut husks) they can be cut up and used as mulch for gardening, or put in a longer term compost bin.

1. Natural Coco Coir Doormat by Kempf

Kempf offers a range of both natural and recycled doormats. This style is made from 100% coconut fibers (“coir”). There are no plastics and it’s totally biodegradable.

  • Materials: 100% coconut fibers
  • Multiple sizes from: 18″ x 30″ up to 36″ x 72″. Approximately 1″ thick

Price: $17.95 – $114.95

2. Funny & Rude Coir Doormats by Damn Good Doormats

Damn Good Doormats are made with natural coconut, but they do have a little PVC plastic in them for a non-slip backing. (They make the cut on this list because of the hilarity factor of some of their doormats.) Definitely worth checking out in their Etsy store!

  • Materials: coconut fibers and PVC
  • Multiple sizes from: 18″ x 30″ to 23″ x 34″

Price: $45.00

3. Rainbow Doormat Made from Coconut Fibers

Entryways also offers a wide array of eco-friendly doormats, some colorful and others with slogans printed one them. This rainbow design is handmade, also from sustainable coconut fibers.

  • Materials: coconut fibers
  • Size: 18” x 30” x 1.5″ thick

Price: $46.15

4. Reclaimed Wood Doormat by Kensington Row Home Collection

This doormat is handmade from eco-friendly, reclaimed rubber tree wood.

  • Materials: reclaimed rubber wood
  • Size: 18″ x 30″ x 1/3″ thick

Price: $49.95

5. Jute Natural Fiber Doormat by Iron Gate

Another great, sustainable natural fiber that makes beautiful doormats is jute. This design by Iron Gate is handmade and is super durable. (I know, because I’ve had one for years!)

  • Materials: 100% jute
  • Size: 18″ x 30″

Price: $16.99

6. Recycled Wine Cork Doormat by Sarahracha

I thought this sustainable doormat made from recycled wine cork bottles would be a good segue from natural fiber doormats to recycled doormats because it’s both! Wine corks are made from sustainable cork tree bark to begin with, and then to recycle them into something cool is taking eco-friendly living to the next level.

  • Handmade to order – from 284 corks
  • Size: 30″ x 20″

Price: $125.00

Recycled Fishing Rope Doormats

7. Recycled Lobster Rope Doormats by Cape Porpoise Trading Company

Cape Porpoise Trading Company out of Maine offers an array of colorful doormats made from recycled lobster ropes. (I admit, I’m a little partial to the center photo because it has a red heeler in it, just like my dog, Roo.)

  • Handmade to order in the USA
  • Materials: recycled lobster rope and repurposed flat rope
  • Sizes from: 29″ x 19″ x 1.25″ thick to 39″ x 19″ x 1.25″ thick

Price: $55.00 – $65.00

8. Recycled Rope Doormats by Maine-ly Fish Prints & Mercantile

  • Materials: 100% recycled fishing rope
  • Durable, weather-resistant, and reversible
  • Handmade in Maine, USA

Price: $39.00

9. Recycled Lobster Rope Doormats by the Alaska Rug Company

The Alaska Rope Company creates another variation of recycled rope doormat, as well as some other cool nautical-style products made from recycled fishing and boating rope.

Price: $115.00

Recycled Doormats

10. Doormat Made from Recycled Tires by Kempf

Here’s a classic doormat by Kempf that is made from recycled tires. Used tires are a huge environmental problem because they can take 80 years to decompose – and there are a lot of them. In the U.S. alone, about 300 million tires are discarded every year. (Recycle Nation) Burning used tires for fuel is controversial because the process emits toxic pollutants. Most environmental organizations consider recycling to be the best use for old tires, and thanks to some innovative eco-preneurs, we’re seeing more cool products made from used tires hit the market on a regular basis, including sandals and dog collars.

  • Materials: recycled tires
  • Sizes from: 18.5″ x 32″ to 36″ x 60″

Price: $28.95 – $79.50

11. 100% Recycled Plastic Bottles & Tires Doormat by Guardian

  • Materials: fabric top is 100% post-consumer plastic bottles; backing is recycled used tires
  • Comes in black or green
  • Sizes 2′ x 3′ up to 4′ x 10′

Price: $17.95

12. Doormat Made from Recycled Flip Flops

Last but not least is this super colorful doormat made form recycled flip flops. It’s astonishing how many flip flops are polluting our oceans, along with other marine debris, and washing up on shore. So it’s rewarding to see that waste go into something useful that looks great. And if you’ve now got summer fun and flip flops on the brain, be sure to check out my post on eco-friendly and vegan flip flops! Enjoy!

  • Materials: 100% recycled flip flops
  • Measures: 20″ x 48″

Price: $61.98