I’ve switched from the ubiquitous Scotch-Brite® Scouring Pad Sponge to the Twist Loofah Sponge. The 3M website says that the Scotch-Brite version is made of “ground wood pulp; the scouring surface of nylon fiber”. The Twist is also a wood cellulose sponge, but instead of a petroleum-derived nylon scourer it has a chunk of loofah — the fibers from the Luffa operculata plant, which I believe to be a relative of the cucumber.
The Twist Loofah Sponge works just like the 3M kind — with the possible exception that the layers are trying to prematurely separate. But after a month’s hard use and abuse the loofah layer still hasn’t actually detached from the sponge layer.
The only problem with this task is that it begs another, greener one: why not dispense with purchasing this product altogether, use a dishcloth in place of the sponge layer and grow Luffa in the back yard? A good question, but this year’s garden is going to be jam-packed (we’ve added 4 new beans alone) so I’ll look into it again next year. In the meantime, I have got quite a few loofahs still in their packaging that I received as part of bath-set gifts over the past few years. No reason I couldn’t slice up those and get them to work, since they aren’t doing anything else!
UPDATE 07/08/11: To see what I use now read this post.