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The Natural Sea Sponge

Updated on May 13, 2016

What is often overlooked

Many have made smart decisions to go green, eat healthier, and use safer products that contain less or no synthetic ingredients in them at all. One simple little, and very affordable product that is so often overlooked is the sponge. You may have chosen to use a safer soap, but what about that sponge you use to wipe off counter tops, clean dishes, or bathe with. Nearly all commercial bought sponges are synthetically made, containing harsh ingredients such as Triclasan also known as Irgasan and Microban; which is considered by the EPA to be classified as a pesticide. Triclosan has been proven to be effective in hospitals in fighting off infections, but one may want to reconsider using these products on a daily basis after learning of some of the interesting facts recent research is revealing.

Nearly 50% off all soaps on the market today contain some form of antibacterial agent in them. Studies have been conducted with households using antibacterial products, and household who are not using antibacterial products, and there was no reduced colds, sickness or signs of infections than households that do not use antibacterial products. More and more research is showing direct relations from chemicals like Triclosan to cause severe health issues, such a weakened immune system, cancer, birth defects, decreased fertility, skin allergies, and much more. Our skin is permeable and what we put on it will work its way into our bodies.

Tarpon Springs

Nearly 90 % of the world’s natural sea sponges are harvested in Tarpon Springs Florida, where divers incorporate crop rotations of these sponges allowing the sponges to re-grow even thicker and fuller than before the previous cutting.  There is no need to worry about depleting this natural resource, by harvesting these sponges actually helps increase the growth.  Kind of like pruning a plant, each time you cut and deadhead it re-grows thicker and fuller.

Durability

These sponges have no synthetic ingredients in them that are harmful to your health, and have natural enzymes in them that help prohibit the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Ever notice how quickly your synthetic sponge turns nasty. I have been using the same sponge at my kitchen sink now for several months and the sponge looks and feels as good as it did when I first got it. These sponges are not only safer and more durable, but you will also be saving money as well. Depending on which kind of natural sea sponge you select and how it’s used and treated, can last as long as 10 years!

They Make Great Gifts!

These sponges make great gifts, especially when you explain to the one you’re gifting a natural sea sponge to all of its benefits, and when they use it for the first time and feel how soft and yet durable it is, will they be thanking you for sure. We actually have started to mold our goat’s milk soap bars into these sponges and they were a huge hit this past summer as we sold them at local markets and as we got close to Christmas time we couldn’t keep up with the orders. Words really can’t explain how awesome a natural sea sponge feels, you just have to see and try for yourself.

Calendula soap sponge bar

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    • oceansnsunsets profile image

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks for sharing this interesting information on natural sea sponges. I love natural things, and it was interesting to learn about Tarpon Springs and the encouragement of further sponge growth.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      8 years ago from NY

      We mold the soap with the sponge in it. When the soap is gone you are left with a wonderful sponge that is ready to be kept using. You can check out more on our website http://www.purensimplesoap.com/sea-sponge.html and though we currently do not have the molded sea sponge soap bars available on the website, you can just email us if you think you do want to try one. Thanks for reading.

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      Dax  

      8 years ago

      Its very good information you give to the readers. I want to know if that sponge is sticked to the soap?

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      Candice Collins 

      8 years ago from WestCoast Florida

      great hub! thanks so much for sharing this wonderful information on sponges...I never knew they harvested them in Tarpon Springs. Also, I love you're idea w/ the sponge in the soap.. awesome!

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      rpalulis, Love these sponges and you know these would be a great addition to any natural spa treatment. Great hub and again I'm smarter for having visited. thanks and peace :)

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      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great informational topic & hub!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      8 years ago from NY

      To be 100% free of synthetic products is nearly impossible, there are so many, but it is definately worth being informed, and to try to wean ourselves from such products. Thanks for the comment.

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Thank for this info, I have been buying those store bought ones for years, OMG that upsets me when I hear about all this grab we have been buying that is harmful for us. How about you being the police over these companies...this is a really great and important hub, thanks so much...

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