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Zero Waste Guide: Why do we love loofah so much?

When you enter the magical world of Zero Waste, one of the first newness you meet is the loofah sponge which you’ve probably never heard of. The deeper you dig, the more people will rave about it, but what is this exactly? Bar probably the best sponge I’ve ever used in the kitchen.

What is loofah?

Loofah is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the cucumber family (Cucurbitaceae).

In everyday non-technical usage, the loofah usually refers to the fruits of the species Luffa aegyptiaca. It is cultivated and eaten as a vegetable, but must be harvested at a young stage of development to be edible. The vegetable is popular in India, China and Vietnam. When the fruit is fully ripened, it is very fibrous. The fully developed fruit is the source of the loofah scrubbing sponge which is used in bathrooms and kitchens.

How does loofah turn into a sponge?

The fruit section of L. aegyptiaca may be allowed to mature and used as a bath or kitchen sponge after being processed to remove everything except the network of xylem fibers. If the loofah is allowed to fully ripen and then dried on the vine, the flesh disappears leaving only the fibrous skeleton and seeds, which can be easily shaken out. Marketed as luffa or loofah, the sponge is used as a body scrub in the shower or as dish washing sponge in the kitchen.In Paraguay, panels are made out of luffa combined with other vegetable matter and recycled plastic. These can be used to create furniture and construct houses.

I’ve found this awesome video on Youtube from the Insider where Nathan and Sherri Pauls, who grow and harvest organic luffa sponges show us what these are exactly and they are made.

Our sponges from Goldrick are made of 100% loofah and a natural cotton string, making them 100% compostable. These are soft so they won’t scratch your dishes, yet strong enough to remove even the most stubborn grime and grease.

How To Use IT

Before your first use, soak your loofah sponge in water for 5 minutes so it can expand and soften – make sure to rinse and hang your loofah after each use. You can gently wash your loofah every now and then in a bowl of baking soda which will increase the loofah’s lifespan.

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This sponge is the best I’ve ever used in my kitchen and I’m not saying this because I’m trying to sell them. I’m selling them, because I think they are awesome. They are brilliant for the environment, they don’t create waste at the end of their lifestyle because by composting them, they simply go back to nature, besides it does the job in the kitchen. If you have ANY feedback about these sponges of any our products, please e-mail us on hello@zerowastegenerations.com, as we’d love to know what you think.

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