Well, I had originally thought the mat would be one of those heavy duty industrial rubber mats you see at many commercial buildings. Built to last, but still built with rubber (oil).
Lisa and Christina, knowing the importance of environmental aspects of products in our selections, thought there was a better option and went hunting for it.
Sure enough, they found something, not only more environmentally sound, but also much more interesting looking (I kept playing with it during the meeting!).
It is from a company named Forbo and is called "coral".
It is a mesh of fairly thin yet stiff "vinyl" feeling material shown above. It is ridiculously good at taking dirt off of shoes and the dirt can simply be vacuumed up occasionally.
And it looks, in my opinion, really cool!
Best of all, Forbo uses 100% recycled waste material in most of their products. One of those is discarded fishing nets.
These fishing nets, if simply discarded in the oceans can cause damage to the ecosystem, ensnaring turtles, whales, birds, etc.
Making these useful will, hopefully, drastically reduce the number of abandoned nets in the ocean.
You can read more about that here, or go read about Forbo's Health and Environment position here.
Mark really doesn't like to talk about himself, the house is much more interesting.