Natural sea sponges have huge advantages over synthetic ones: They last for years, as opposed to a week or two.
They’re naturally anti-microbial (synthetic sponges are sometimes treated with triclosan). Their nubbly texture makes them terrific skin exfoliators. They clean tile surfaces twice as fast as regular sponges and hold lots more water. They’re beautiful enough to display in the bathroom (the big ones make great bath pillows). Plus, they’re renewable! These sea sponges from Natural Bath and Body Shop are harvested off the Florida coast; seasoned divers leave sponge beds intact so new sponges crowd harvested spots in five years or less. Available in a range of sizes and textures. Prices start at $4. www.naturalbathandbodyshop.com