Eco-Friendly Mats Made in Blaine
Coco Mats ‘N More, founded in 2006 by Deepak Raghavan, creates floor mats using eco-friendly products and methods. The mats, which are sold for both private and commercial use, can be personalized to whatever the customer desires. At one point, the company’s best-selling personalized doormat read “Oh sh*t, not you again.”
Although Coco Mats ‘N More has a warehouse in Blaine, their business is strictly conducted on their website, cocomatsnmore.com. “We make it easy for a customer to enter what they want to personalize a mat, and we’re really fast in our shipping,” says Raghavan. Once an order is placed, the mat ships out in 1–2 business days. After that, it’s a short wait for the doormat to arrive on your doorstep.
Raghavan grew up in Kerala, India, one of the largest producers of coconut fibers in the world. This industry inspired Raghavan to create something that might make a difference: doormats made with coconut fibers. The mats are 100 percent natural, made from coconuts sustainably sourced from the shores of India and Sri Lanka. When the mat is ready to be discarded, it will naturally break down, leaving no environmental footprint. Even the eco-friendly dyes used to personalize the mats are water-based and do not create any gasses or fumes.
BUSINESS AS USUAL
Coco Mats ‘N More has warehouse locations in Blaine, Washington as well as Georgia, allowing them to more efficiently serve both the east and west coasts. Blaine’s location was intentional; because it’s a border town, Coco Mats ‘N More is able to ship to both the U.S. and Canada. The company’s main office is located in Vancouver B.C., an easy 35-minute drive away. The Blaine location employs six people who fulfill shipments and produce the mats. The Vancouver office handles the business side of things, such as marketing and customer service.
Not only does Coco Mats ‘N More produce household products, but they also boast a pretty big-name clientele: the PGA. You can find the company’s products on several PGA Tour golf courses, where the mats are used to line bunkers. The unique texture of the mats is good for cleaning the bottoms of golf shoes. The cheese and oil industries also use the absorbent mats to help soak up spills. Coco Mats ‘N More makes specialty products for kitchens and warehouses that might be prone to spillage. You can find these products and others on the company’s website.
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