Scrubbing Away Plastic Pollution: 5 Reasons to Ditch Your Traditional Sponge for a Sustainable Loofah
” .. loofahs are more durable and can be used for a longer period of time before needing to be replaced, which will save you money in the long run, even more, when you consider all the social and environmental factors ..”
As we become more aware of the impact our actions have on the environment, many of us are looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and make more sustainable choices. One small but significant change we can make is ditching traditional plastic dishwashing sponges for more sustainable and plastic-free loofah sponges.
The 5 main reasons why you should consider swapping to a natural loofah dishwashing sponge are;
- Micro Plastics
- Durability and Cost Effectiveness
- Natural and Renewable
But let’s get into more detail below;
Perhaps the most obvious reason is that using a traditional sponge can lead to the release of microplastics into the water. Microplastics are small particles of plastic that are smaller than 5mm in size, and they can harm aquatic life and pollute our oceans. When you use a traditional sponge, tiny fibers are released into the water, adding to the problem of plastic pollution. Loofahs are a natural, biodegradable alternative that does not contribute to plastic pollution.
A big issue that countries have to constantly deal with nowadays is waste disposal. Most of the items that are thrown in the waste disposal bag take hundreds of years to break down, some others don’t break down at all and so, new ground has to be constantly opened up for landfills. However, space is limited, so this is neither a sustainable solution nor a lengthy one. Since the loofah sponge is 100% natural, if it is disposed of correctly there will be nothing left of it after some months, just like any plant when it dies out in nature. The sustainability aspect of a product should be an attribute that applies to sourcing/manufacturing, the product’s lifetime, and also after disposal. Designing products that are zero waste is very important for us at Rebels with a Cause.
3. Durability and Cost Effective
Loofahs are more effective and durable than traditional sponges. They are more abrasive and can easily remove dirt, grime, and bacteria. This means that they are not only better for the environment, but they are also better for your health. Additionally, loofahs are more durable and can be used for a longer period of time before needing to be replaced, which will save you money in the long run, even more, when you consider all the social and environmental factors.
Keeping your loofah clean and hygienic is important, and it’s a simple task that can easily be incorporated into your regular cleaning routine. According to experts, you should clean your loofah at least once a week.
One easy way to clean your loofah is by soaking it in a diluted bleach solution for 5 minutes and then rinsing it thoroughly. This will effectively kill any bacteria and germs that may be present on your loofah. However, if you prefer to avoid bleach, you can make a natural cleaning solution using one cup of warm water and one tablespoon of baking powder. Simply mix the water and powder together, and then soak your loofah in the solution for around 15 minutes. Once you remove the loofah, dry it with a towel and then leave it to air out in a well-ventilated area.
4. Natural and Renewable
Loofahs are a natural, renewable resource, whereas traditional sponges are made from plastic. Plastic is a non-biodegradable material that can take hundreds of years to decompose, contributing to pollution and waste. Loofahs, on the other hand, are made from the fibrous skeleton of the loofah plant, which is a natural and biodegradable material. When you use a loofah sponge, you can feel good knowing that you’re not contributing to plastic pollution and waste.
It’s also worth mentioning that by choosing a loofah sponge, you are also choosing a more ethical option compared to foam ones. Loofahs are grown by farmers and made into a finished product by artisans in developing countries, thus by choosing a loofah sponge you are supporting farmers and artisans who rely on this traditional craft to make a living.
Interested in giving our natural loofah dishwashing sponges a go? Learn more about it here. and if you have any experience with it, we’d love to hear your comments and feedback!