Move Over Wipes…The Konjac Sponge is Here!

Sustainable. Natural. Compostable. The Konjac Sponge is making a huge impact in the beauty industry as the eco-friendly alternative to the formidable wet wipe.

Whether you’re taking off your make-up after a long day or freshening up after work ready for evening drinks, the notorious “wet-wipe” is there to save the day. No soap or water required; this is convenience at its finest however…these little skin saviours are perhaps not as innocent as they seem.

Due to their popularity, the UK goes through a staggering 11 billion wet wipes in just one year and often, aren’t being disposed of properly; causing 93% of blockages in UK sewers. The single use nature of wipes leads to many of us simply throwing them out, but this is causing a detrimental effect on our environment. In fact, there has been a 400% increase in the number of wipes found on beaches in the UK, with 80 of them being found for every mile of beach we cross!

Here at Beauty Kitchen we want to try and eliminate waste that is so easily avoidable, which is why we came up with an alternative to the wipe...the Konjac Sponge! Pronounced Kohn-Jack, these little cleansing tool lasts a good 2-3 months and once finished you can simply throw them in your compost bin. Our Konjac Sponges are 100% compostable - from the sponge itself to the packaging it comes in. Compared to a single wet wipe which could take up to 100 years to breakdown…

“To make the sponge, we take the roots (we get ours from Korea) and grind them to a powder before placing in moulds and re-hydrating with water. We then dry them in an oven to avoid adding any chemicals. Sea sponges are often considered as the go-to natural sponge, but with over harvesting and no way to repopulate what has been taken, they’re not necessarily the most sustainable. With konjac sponges, we can keep replanting the vegetable to create a more sustainable supply and so, a more sustainable sponge” - Jo, our Founder

These miracle sponges work on even the most sensitive of skins, cleansing away dirt and impurities whilst gently exfoliating skin to leave it feeling soft and glowing. Create the perfect skincare duo by pairing your Konjac Sponge with a light natural cleanser like our Seahorse Plankton+ Revitalising Gel Cleanser. If you’re needing something a bit more nourishing during these colder seasons, our Abyssinian Oil Prime Time Cream Cleanser adds extra hydration to your routine. We also have larger Body Konjac Sponge which you can use with our natural body cleansers too!

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Hi Phillipa,

Thanks for this question – we feel really strongly about the issues around Palm Oil and don’t use it any of our products. To be totally transparent, we do use 7 derivatives (mainly glycerine) in very small quantities. We source them from areas were we believe there’s a higher ethical stance and understanding that smaller individual farmers or organisations look after their eco system better than big corporations.

At the moment, we’re trying to reduce our use of palm oil-derived glycerine and use other alternatives from coconut and soy (which we’re hoping to move over to fully in the future).

Hope this helps!

Thanks, The Beauty Kitchen Team

The Beauty Kitchen Team December 04, 2019

Do any of your products contain palm oil?

Philippa Talbott December 04, 2019

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