The texture is soft and smooth so will not irritate or scratch skin. Will biodegrade in compost within 6 months. During manufacture - 3 times less energy used & 10 times less Greenhouse gases are emitted than with nylon scourers. It can be washed and sterilised in a washing machine or dishwasher. Minimal packaging so not filling up landfill with unnecessary rubbish.It can be used on hot surfaces up to 100 Degrees.