Sea sponges, strangely enough, are invertebrate animals. Some scientists claim that they are among the oldest animals on earth, appearing approximately 640 million years ago.
About 9000 species of sponges have been cataloged, with very varied shapes and colors. Despite all this diversity, its structure is very similar.
They are simple animals, they do not have specific organs and their bodies are made up of pores and channels through which water circulates that allows them to get food and oxygen, transport waste and reproductive cells.
A very important characteristic of sea sponges is their great capacity for regeneration even when they lose a lot of their body mass. For example, if a sponge is crushed, each of the pieces is able to form a new sponge.
The sponge is the only known animal that has this peculiar way of regenerating.
They live fixed to the seabed and can do so both at great depths and in shallower seas.
They can be found in practically all seas, as they are able to adapt well to very different conditions. However, the places with the highest number of sponges are the Eastern Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and Japan.
A little history about the use of sea sponges
It is believed that the Egyptians were the first to use sea sponges and that Cleopatra had them for bathing and to absorb menstrual flow. If you want to know more about the use of sponges as a menstrual tampon, click here.
The peoples of the Mediterranean have used sponges in many ways. Besides being a product for personal hygiene, in their military campaigns, the Romans used them to drink water since one of the characteristics of sponges is that they absorb the liquid without it running off; they also put sponges to protect the body from the armor. Another curiosity is that one of the tests of the Olympic games in ancient Rome was sponge fishing.
Natural sea sponges have long been a household staple, both for general house cleaning and personal care. Their use was greatly affected by the appearance of synthetic sponges that practically replaced them. Today we are in a moment of recovery of ecological and sustainable products, so important for maintaining the balance of the planet.
A traditional and sustainable trade
Sponges drying in the sun – Greece
Of the countless species of sponges that exist, only five of them are considered viable for commercialization.
All the sponges that are marketed on this page, originating from the Mediterranean area – Greece, are the sponges with the highest quality and softness from all over the world.
They have been cultivated and collected following natural traditional methods that, far from being an aggression to the species, favor its growth and regeneration.
This is due to the fact that the divers collect the sponges leaving their base (root) intact and, in addition, they keep the sponges in nets in the sea throughout the capture and movement of the boats, favoring and promoting their natural reproduction.
Selecting the sponges
The capture of natural sponges is a trade that has been practiced for hundreds of years, which is transmitted from father to son and which has taken special care in the maintenance and regeneration of this natural product.
5 reasons to use a sea sponge instead of a synthetic one
Without a doubt, choosing a natural sponge is an option with which all the elements involved win:
the human being, by using a toxin-free product that does not have any harmful effect on his body;
small producers and all those involved in collecting sponges, for continuing with their source of income and keeping this traditional trade alive;
the environment, by getting rid of a large amount of non-recyclable garbage and of all the industrialization that synthetic products entail;
the marine sponges themselves, which renew and expand their growth with their collection.
In the table below there are 5 characteristics that differentiate marine sponges from synthetic ones.
Natural and synthetic sponge board
With all this information… ..Which sponge do you choose for the care and cleaning of your body and that of your family?
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