These loofahs are sewn into the perfect size and shape to be an ideal alternative to conventional sponges for anyone who likes to use those for cleaning. They would really make a great gift for a friend or family member who uses conventional sponges, and who may not be used to all-natural products, and might not find this on their own. Every part of these sponges is home compostable; even the minimal paper label band is glued to itself with what seems to be starch rather than plastic tape or plasticy glue! I am really excited that this sponge exists! I have washed many sinkloads of dishes with one (it comes in a pack of 3), and have run it through the dishwasher each day, then dried it in the UV disinfecting powers of the sun, and it's held up beautifully. The texture is just right to scrub off old food, but soft and comfortable in my hand.