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Founded in 1992, Sterling makes static and dynamic rope and cord for climbing at the mountain, gym, or crag, as well as ropes for fire, rescue, arbor, and industrial safety use. All Sterling Ropes are made in Maine.

Sterling was the first brand to offer a 100-percent polyester static rope, called the HTP. It also was the first to offer 100-percent Technora heat and abrasion resistant ropes to the fire industry, helping FDNY create the first escape kit.

More than 95 percent of the raw fiber that Sterling purchases goes into finished ropes. All other materials are repurposed or recycled by Sterling. Through its Rope Recycling program, Sterling takes back any retired dynamic climbing rope—from any brand—and upcycles or recycles it, keeping old ropes out of landfills and allowing the the petroleum-based nylon to be reused for carpets, toys, and more.

To recycle your old dynamic rope, send it to:

Sterling Rope Company, Inc.
Rope Recycling Program
26 Morin Street
Biddeford, ME 04005-4413


Sterling Rope Company
26 Morin Street
Biddeford, ME 04005-4413

phone: (207) 282-2550
toll-free: (800) 788-7673
fax: (207) 282-2655


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