From cruelty-free condoms to solar-powered vibrators and all-natural lubricants—read on for an in-depth eco-guide to making your sex life better for both you and the planet
Go green between the sheets! We talk about sustainability in almost every aspect of our lives, so why not extend that planet- saving ideology to the bedroom? Ecosexuality—we are referring to the trend of people who choose to lead environmentally-conscious sex lives—is becoming more and more popular in this day and age when the topic of sexual wellness is at its peak. Read on to find out how you can green-up your sexual experiences.
We are talking no parabens, and other potentially harmful chemicals, along with the packaging that is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable. That, on its own, is a major breakthrough as the most common waste that gets generated in sexual intercourse are condoms, which are typically made of latex rubber or polyurethane, and come in wrappers made of plastic or treated foil. These take months and years to decompose, depending on which preservative chemicals the material has been treated with. According to the founder of Package Free Shop, Meiko Hollender, a condom is a necessary and hygienic waste in the sex industry. From a sustainable standpoint, Meiko emphasized that the disposal of one condom is a small amount of necessary waste compared to the waste generated from an unplanned pregnancy or getting any sexually transmitted disease treated at any clinic. Package Free Shop is just one of the ever-growing lists of shops that produces ethically made condoms manufactured from natural latex. Hollender claims that the shop’s condoms are also safer and healthier than most latex condoms as nitrosamine is not added when tapping the latex from the trees. There are even vegan condoms that are created especially for vegan advocates as well! Einhorn is just one of the many upcoming condom brands that are producing vegan condoms with a focus on creating condoms as sustainably as possible.
The period tracker
Like most things these days, there’s an app for tracking your period. Zero-waste blogger Lauren Singer avoids pregnancies by using a period tracker and requiring her partners to go for a health scan before allowing the relationship progresses to the most intimate stage. Natural Cycles, an app developed by a couple of Swedish physicists, claims to be about as effective as the pill—it works by using an algorithm that measures the body temperature— which rises at the point of ovulation—along with the time since your last period to work out when you are ovulating, and when you are not. But relying on a period tracking app requires a lot of commitment and diligent measurement taking. But of course, the app offers no protection against STIs.
Solar Powered Sex Toys & More
Since most of the petroleum-derived sex toys contain harmful ingredients such as phthalates, a chemical used to soften plastic, why not try a more sustainable alternative, like treated wooden sex toys sourced from sustainably- managed forests, that are splinter-proof, water- proof and hypoallergenic as well as organic and natural feeling? Check out NobEssence. Another interesting greener option would be glass—yes, glass. Not only are they fully recyclable and simple to process, but reputable glass dildos are also solid and virtually unbreakable, so you don’t have to worry about it shattering up there Cupid’s Arrow Dildo from Bondara comes in pretty variations that are lush to look at. The Solar Bullet vibrator, powered by the sun. Not only are these rechargeables without requiring disposable batteries, but the aluminum/titanium alloy body also poses a low risk to the environment in terms of toxicity, and are easier to recycle for parts. The silicone head is non-porous, easy to clean and safer for the environment than plastic or rubber alternatives.
Go for a natural or water-based lubricant that is vegan, as well as paraben, petroleum, and glycerin-free. Environmental conscious celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow have dropped tips on alternatives they use instead of the store bought plastic bottled gel. Gwyneth in particular, highly recommends coconut oil as an alternative. Other than that, aloe vera gel is also highly recommended by eco-warriors as well. The only downside to this is that these natural oils do not go hand in hand with condoms as they would easily compromise the latex. This has prompted many individuals to look into the water-based products that work well with the use of condoms.