The natural Loofa scrubbing pads are ideal for bathing or for cleaning dishes in the kitchen! Starting out flat and compressed which is ideal for shipping, and once soaked in water it will expand to roughly 7 x 12 x 2.5 cm. The Luffa plant is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the cucumber family. The Luffa grows as a fruit and looks much like zucchini's squash or melons while growing on the vines. At a smaller stage the Luffa is edible, and when left to grown out larger the Luffa naturally creates a sponge texture. These particular Luffas are grown and cleaned on a small farm in China. Loofa sponges are a great alternative to plastic sponges as they are coming direct from nature and will completely compost back into the Earth.