Organic Sea Sponge
Organic Sea Sponge

Organic Sea Sponge

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Regular price $14.99 Sale

Sustainable luxury from the emerald waters of Pohnpei.

These natural sea sponges are grown on organic farms in the crystal clear lagoons of Pohnpei, Micronesia. Each sponge is cultivated in ecologically-sound conditions under the direction of the Marine and Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP), and harvested by hand. This farming provides a sustainable income for the local community.

Unlike other natural sponge processing procedures, that use harsh chemicals, sponges processed at MERIP are cleaned using only a household washing machine and detergent, making these sponges a truly green product.

Available in 2 sizes:
  • Face - A smaller, finer sponge (Spongia matamata) - Ideal for washing your face and pampering delicate skin, these natural sea sponges are remarkably soft yet durable. Use for cleansing and exfoliating your face or applying cosmetics. With care, your sponge will last many months, providing a sustainable replacement for disposable facial cleaning products.
  • Body - Micronesian Wool sponge (Cosinoderma matthewsi) - Gentle enough for infants, this sponge will leave your skin silky smooth. The unique structure of the sponge will create a rich lather, while not retaining any odour, making it an essential accessory for the shower or bath. Your sponge will last for years with good care.

Size:
Face - assorted small sizes.
Body - assorted large sizes.

Method:
For best use, dampen the sponge and rub in a circular pattern.

Care:
Rinse in clean water after use. For additional cleaning, soak in 2 cups of water with 2 tbsp of baking soda for 1 hour.

Fairtrade & Sustainable:
These natural broodstock sea sponges are farmed sustainably using organic methods. Cuttings from wild sponges were cultivated and are now grown on lines submerged in the lagoon of Pohnpei, a remote Pacific Island. These take over one year to grow and the farmers tend their crops from canoes, using only a mask and snorkel.

Pohnpei is the only place in the world where sponges are commercially farmed. Initial stocks were limited due to the time required to cultivate these sponges, but larger crops and ongoing orders will provide the people of Pohnpei with sustainable income and employment.

MERIP, a non-profit organisation, offers training in self-sustainability projects to the indigenous people of Pohnpei, many who still live a primarily subsistence lifestyle. MERIP enables coastal villagers to generate sustainable, ecological and environmentally-sound income from their adjacent coastal reefs. MERIP empowers the community to improve their lives in a region where almost no other employment exists.