The Loofah Difference

Soft Natural Loofah

Our New Zealand grown loofah have a loose fibre weave making them soft and flexible but strong and long lasting allowing them to be used in many situations around the home... bathroom, wash-house and kitchen. 

They are 100% plant based and can be composted at home. Our loofah are a great eco-friendly alternative to the plastic shower puff.

Chinese loofah:

The other kind of natural loofah that you can often find at the Chemist next to the pumice or sold on wooden handles are Chinese loofah, they have a tighter fibre weave making them much harder and more pumice like. They are heavily bleached to make them whiter, which causes them to become harder and brittle. They are also often fumigated to be allowed into NZ.

If you like a heavy exfoliation (like a pumice type) then those type of loofah are for you.

 

 Plastic Shower Puff:

Did you know that one standard sized shower puff (also known as bath pouf) is made up of 3.5 metres of plastic netting?

Plastic loofah vs Natural loofah

Plastic use is a hot topic right now so we tested to see just how much plastic a shower puff is really made up of and what effect they have on the environment - I was astounded at just how much netting is wound up in such a small bundle of fluffiness. There is 3.5 metres of plastic netting wound up in a standard size puff which consists of nylon (synthetic polymer) or ldpe (low density polyethylene) and once the thin string breaks the impact becomes huge. If they make it to the ocean, well we all know the damage that this amount of mesh netting can cause to our marine and bird life. There are some shower puffs made from recycled plastic, this goes a little way to helping deal with the plastic use problem but at the end of the day it's still a plastic product.

 

Loofah in bath