The Loofah Difference
Our New Zealand grown loofah are of a variety which is known world wide for their softness, this is because of a looser fibre weave (like the plastic shower puff) that has excellent strength allowing it to be more flexible. They are soft enough to use on the whole body for a mild to medium exfoliation but strong enough to scrub kids dirty knees. As they are 100% plant based they can be composted at home.
Toi Toi Botanicals loofah (luffa) are an eco-friendly alternative to the 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 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 that binds it all together breaks the impact becomes huge. I cringe when I see them for sale as the potential damage that this amount of mesh netting can cause to our marine and bird life is immense. 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.
The other variety of natural loofah:
The other kind of natural loofah that you may often find at the Chemist next to the pumice or sold on wooden handles are Asian loofah, they have a tighter fibre weave making them much harder and more pumice like. They are bleached to make them whiter, which causes them to become harder and brittle. If you like a heavy duty exfoliation then these type of loofah are for you.
The advantage of buying New Zealand grown loofah:
- You are supporting a New Zealand family business
- Our loofah are 100% pure and natural - we only use water in our cleaning processes, it takes more effort to clean the fruit pulp out but there's no need for us to dunk the loofah in chemicals to get rid of it.
- Because we don't import, our loofah is non-fumigated (formaldehyde is most commonly used) - imported loofah need to go through this process to be allowed into New Zealand as they are a plant based product.