Go green with rope recycling

Retired Rope

PMI gives you more ideas on how to repurpose your retired ropes:

Fishing and marine uses (mooring boats, repairing nets, etc.)

For making rugs, keychains, picture frames, bracelets and other types of recycled art

For practicing knots (cut in pieces and mark well to make sure they’re not used for any life safety application)

Jump ropes

For tying down equipment in the back of trucks

You don't want to be halfway up a rock face when you notice the best thing keeping you from falling to the ground is a rope that happens to be fraying in places it shouldn’t.

Instead, get into rope recycling to better grasp what’s going on with your gear. Pigeon Mountain Industries, a leading safety rope manufacturer in Lafayette, Ga., allows climbers to go green by dropping ropes off or sending them in so that they can be reused and repurposed.

PMI partners with BolderPath, a sustainable product creation company based in Colorado, to carry out the green initiative. According to Chuck Weber, director of production at PMI, signs of an aging rope include a “fuzzy” sheath, flatness and webbing.

“If you can fold it in half, it means the core is very soft — that’s a bad sign,” says Weber. Depending on how often a climber uses the rope, Weber says it can wear out as soon as the first or second outing if worked hard enough, or it can last one or two years for recreational climbers.

If you're at the end of your rope, send or drop it off at: 4466 Highway 27 North Lafayette, Ga., 30728.

The minimum and maximum width of recyclable rope is 9.5 to 12.5 millimeters. Get the guidelines for acceptable recyclable ropes or for more information on PMI visit www.pmirope.com/news/recycling.

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