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The loofah used in these products is acquired from pockets of farmers in underdeveloped cultures around the world. These farmers are self-employed and they come together in areas where Loofah-Art purchases their harvested crop. By providing these farmers with an alternative crop to grow and harvest, Loofah-Art is providing them with the means by which to help support their families. In addition, they are providing employment to the fabricators who cut, sew, package and ship our products for global distribution. Helping workers with educational support for their children is another key initiative of Loofah-Art. Programs have been developed and are in practice that keep the children in school and out of the fields. One of their principle objectives for educational support is to provide the opportunity for coming generations to succeed.
The Loofah Plant
Contrary to common belief, loofah is a vegetable, not a sea sponge!
Originating in Asia, this gourd-like plant is closely related to the cucumber family. It is grown in sub-tropical temperatures and requires annual replanting.
The loofah used in Loofah-Art products is naturally, and in some cases organically grown and cultivated by peasant farmers who often refer to it as "the poor man's sponge."
Once the plant naturally dries on the vine, it is harvested and the outer skin is peeled off to expose their inner fibers, which form the natural loofah sponge.
The loofah is then hand seeded, washed and left in the sun to dry naturally after which it is hand fabricated into our whimsical and functional products. Because of their longer and finer textured fibers, Loofah-Art®products are the softest and most resilient natural sponges outlasting most scubbers on the market!