Another Green Festival find were sponges. This may sound odd, but how many of you think of sponges when going green?
Well I have two types of sponges to introduce you to, one is a skincare sponge for your body, the other is a natural scrubber sponge for your dishes and household. Skin and beauty products were well represented at the Green Festival, but the Konjac sponge caught my eye as being a bit unique. It is a product out of Japan that is handmade, bio-degradable and completely sustainable.
Developed by Konjacu and made from the root of the Konjac plant (Amorphophallus konjac), this 100% vegetable fiber sponge has an amazing texture which is difficult to describe. It felt very soft, held a lot of water and was the perfect balance between soft and exfoliating for sensitive skin. The vegetable fiber is a weak alkali agent, which in turn, neutralizes any acids.
The plant has been grown for centuries and has been a Japanese traditional food. In Japan, Konnyaku has been used for more than 1500 years as a food and health plant. Konjac (Konnyaku) sponges last about 2 months, and can then be composted or left to bio-degrade naturally.
Twist has paired a biodegradable cellulose sponge (which are made from cellulosic fiber) with a loofah (which is made from the gourd of the loofah or luffa vine – Luffa acutangula and Luffa aegyptiaca) for a kitchen eco wonder sponge.
They also offer a burlap hemp scrubber and pretty much any other kind of natural sponge or scrubber you need. All made without dyes or bleach, these are in fact all natural and biodegradable.
Actual live sponges that live in the sea (of which the sponge is modeled from) can be grown sustainably as they are fast and easy to grow. They are also quite beneficial to the environment as they can clean up turbidity from and algae from the ocean. The draw back is that you usually don’t know where the sponge came from, if it was grown sustainably. I am sure there are some sustainable operations out there, so post up if you are one or know of one.