Benefits of Using a Natural Sea Sponge

Benefits of Using a Natural Sea Sponge 

What are Sea Sponges? These multi-celled organisms creatures grow and reproduce similar to plants and are extracted from the floor of the ocean. It circulates water and absorbs nutrients and oxygen through its body of pores and channels.There are more varieties of them then we can imagine! But only 12 types are harvested for humans to use for cleaning, painting and bathing.

Sea sponges have been harvested and used by many cultures, including the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and are favored by those in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Since they’re sustainable and eco-friendly they can grow back within a few years if they’re harvested properly. Who wouldn’t want a sea sponge garden!? Am I right?

As a natural product, sea sponges are biodegradable, hypoallergenic and free of chemicals, artificial byproducts or toxins. They’re highly absorbent, ultra-soft and won’t absorb odors like other products. In fact, they contain enzymes that inhibit mold and bacteria growth which extends their lifetime. This is Do to they way they are created. When used for bathing and well-maintained, they can last for up to eight years.

Sea sponges contain minerals that are good for your skin, including: calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, zinc, and potassium. Suitable for all skin types, they gently exfoliate to leave skin looking new. Natural sponges easily produce foam, meaning you’ll use little soap and your products will last longer.

Sea Sponges are always a better alternative over synthetic sponges. Synthetics are made with petroleum products and usually contain triclosan ( this alters animals hormones) Maybe humans too?  This can be devastating on your nervous system.

How to take care of your sea sponge?

Let the sponge dry completely between uses – it’s best to hang it rather than resting it on a surface. Never put it in the dryer, microwave, boiling water, in bleach or twist or pull at it. It will damage the fragile sea sponge.

Tip: If it becomes a bit ragged on the edges, just trim slightly any loose edges.

Again, unlike a synthetic sponge, sea sponges naturally inhibit bacteria growth but can’t totally prevent it. It is essential to disinfect it periodically, try one of these methods:

  • Put a few drops of tea tree oil into 1 cup of warm water (tea tree is an effective germicide).
  • Soak the sponge in ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup of water.
  • Use 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water.

You can clean it 2 x a week to once a month.

Its important to note the following:

The demand for sponges in Greece employs thousands of people, but also puts lives at risk by continuing wild collection. Some call sponge diving “the most dangerous business on earth”. Some divers make up to four dives a day to over 180 feet or 60 meters. Experienced recreational divers are advised to dive no deeper than 130 feet or 40 meters. Not surprisingly, the bends have a close and tragic historical association with the business.

 

Next time you are traveling or enter a shop and purchase a sponge for your bathroom, be sure to establish where it came from before buying it. Was it cultivated or taken from dwindling wild populations? Selecting your bath sponge wisely will help support sustainable sponge industries for years to come and protect threatened populations.

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