Sea Sponges


What are Sea Sponges?
To the Ancient Greeks the sea sponge was known as a 'Zoofitan'; a unique category, meaning half plant/half animal. Today many zoologists classify sea sponges in an animal sub-kingdom, due to their hermaphroditic ability to reproduce. However, they are distinct from any other animal species because of their ability to also asexually reproduce and to regenerate from a single cell. The sponge has neither brain nor central nervous system and maintains many plant like qualities.

Sponges are the product of at least 700 million years of evolution and are among the world’s simplest living organisms. Sponges are located all over the world from tropical to polar waters and to all depths. Among the 12500 known species, only 7 have commercial value. Commercial sponges come from temperate seas of depths of 10-15 metres. Each type of sponge is identifiable to the area it grows.


Display of how sea sponges grow on the sea bed
Display of how sea sponges grow on the sea bed
1926 Map of sponge diving areas and types of sponge found there
1926 Map of sponge diving areas and types of sponge found there


The Natural Sea Sponge Company's Environmental & Quality Promise

Environment
Natural sea sponges are a biodegradable renewable natural resource. Scientific studies have confirmed that regular harvesting of the sponges enhances the health and population. In fact many areas where sponges are harvested are marine protected areas for this reason. We carefully monitor our divers who carry special licences to fish for sponges. All the sponges are inspected by the relevant Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to be certified for export. The divers harvest the sponges individually by cutting the sponge at the base, leaving the ‘roots’ intact and enabling the sponge to re-grow. Only sponges above 5” are permitted to be harvested leaving the smaller ones to grow. Sponges also have the ability to regenerate from the smallest fragment so when the sponges are disturbed by the divers moving on the sea bed they release cells and multiply. Therefore areas that are fished for sponges will have a larger sponge population that one that is not. All the materials used in the packaging and processing are recyclable.

Ethical
We always buy our sponges directly from the local divers at fair prices, therefore supporting the local community in that area and ensuring the old tradition of sponge fishing are not lost.
the benefits
of using sea sponges

Sea sponges are the most natural and caring ways to cleanse, massage and gently exfoliate your skin and are superior to any synthetic alternative. When wet they can be compared to the feel of silk yet they can clean like no other washcloth can. Sea Sponges are hypoallergenic and suitable for even the most sensitive of skins. They are very long lasting as they are more resistant to abrasion and they will not peel like synthetic sponges while being used. Sea Sponges are better for bathing and cleansing because they soak up and hold more water without dripping. Natural sponges naturally inhibit the growth of bacteria and wash out more quickly and easily and will not retain odours.


Sea sponge

 


Our Kalymnos warehouse today
Our Kalymnos warehouse today
Sponge sorting with locals in Tunisia
Sponge sorting with locals in Tunisia
Sea sponge suppliers
 

sea sponge supplies
 
sea sponge products
 
Drying and storing facilities in our London warehouse
Drying and storing facilities in our London warehouse
 

Quality
At The Natural Sea Sponge Company we still use the old traditional methods of the sponge industry to process, measure and prepare sponges for sale. We carefully monitor every stage in the production of natural sponges from the sourcing by our divers to the packaging of the final product. Our sponges under go 42 stages of processing by hand and the final stages are always carried out in our London warehouse. This ensures we have complete quality control from beginning to end.
 

Types of Sponge

Types of sponge
 

honeycomb sea sponge
HC - Honeycomb Sea Sponge
Honeycomb sea sponges are the finest quality of natural sponge available as they are silky soft, highly absorbent and create a luxurious lather. This is because they are gathered from the Mediterranean where the cooler sea temperature and greater depths create very strong dense sponges.

These sponges can last 2 years + with normal care. Sustainably harvested in Mediterranean Sea and hand processed in UK
 

wool sea sponge
Wool
This luxurious Sea Wool sponge is super soft and perfect for working up a rich lather for bath and shower body cleansing. These sponges can last 6 months to 1 year with normal care. Sustainably harvested in Caribbean Sea and hand processed in UK
 

grass sea sponge
Grass
This is an inexpensive option of natural sea sponge sustainably harvested from the Bahamas and still perfect for bathing. These sponges will last up to 6 months with normal care.
 

Fina silk spomge
Fina Silk
This silky soft sponge is super absorbent, hypoallergenic and excellent for use as part of your daily face care routine. The shape and texture of this natural sponge make it ideal for:

• Applying foundation and make up for flawless and long lasting results.
• Deep cleansing in those hard to reach areas around the eyes and nose.
• Gentle exfoliation which can help smooth fine lines and leave skin glowing.

Fina Silk sponges are also perfect for gently cleansing babies' delicate skin:

• Super soft & soothing
• Highly absorbent
• Creates a rich lather for a luxurious bathing experience
• Hypoallergenic and suitable for the most sensitive skin
• Long lasting for daily use
• Small size for cleaning in the creases of babies skin
 


baby sponge
sea sponge 2
 


Care tips
Rinse in warm water after every use and allow to dry naturally where air can circulate. Do not bleach, boil, machine wash or wring – just squeeze gently. To more thoroughly clean the sponge, soak it in a solution of one part warm water and one part white wine vinegar for up to one hour, or a couple of drops of Citricidal – a natural antibacterial agent made from grapefruit seeds. Rinse well and set the sponge out to air dry. This will keep the sponge fresh and inhibit the growth of bacteria.

The sea sponges will enlarge by approximately 10% when wet. As this is a natural product please check your sponge before use for any sea debris.

 

EXPLORE OUR ECO-FRIENDLY, NATURAL MATERIALS FROM AROUND THE WORLD


 
Copyright © 2011-2017 Hydrea London Contact | Site Map | Stockists