By: Anna Sweetland
Right off the bat, I have to confess that I don’t dwell essentially the most sustainable life-style. I solely realized just a few months in the past that plastic tampon applicators are unhealthy for the surroundings. This discovery, together with many others, had me considering twice about every part I personal and reconsidering a few of my most long-standing routines.
How a lot waste am I producing? Furthermore, how a lot waste is my sex life producing? Between condoms, lubes, sex toys, lingerie, and sexual hygiene merchandise, we’re every probably producing a complete lot of non-biodegradable rubbish. To deal with my rising eco-guilt, I did some analysis on how I can have a extra sustainable sex life, and listed here are 4 issues we will all contemplate:
1. Condom waste
Many of the preferred brand-name condoms aren’t made with fair-trade rubber, and this implies they’re doubtless made with artificial latex and different added chemical substances that aren’t biodegradable or recyclable. The solely solely biodegradable condoms are comprised of lambskin; nevertheless, lambskin condoms don’t defend in opposition to STIs.
Instead, manufacturers like Glyde, Loveability, Sustain, and Ah! Yes supply condoms comprised of pure latex that may be composted inside one’s personal private compost system. Additionally, retailers like these intention to make use of recyclable packaging.
That being mentioned, I do know only a few college students residing on campus have their very own private compost system, so the perfect we will do is eliminate condoms responsibly within the trash and NEVER flush them down the bathroom. Yes, it’s much less doubtless the condom will solely break down for those who go this route, however condoms are a essential evil. Just assume, a single condom produces far much less waste than remedy of an STI or having a complete ass little one.
2. Petroleum-based lubes
Lube! If you don’t use it now, you most likely will later in life, so it’s vital to seek out the appropriate model of lubricant for you and in addition the planet. To present a fast overview, most lubes are oil-based or water-based. Water-based lube usually consists of extra pure substances like aloe or flaxseed extract. Oil-based lubes, whereas simpler to unfold and slower to dry, can comprise probably dangerous substances like glycerin and parabens in addition to petroleum oils which can deteriorate condoms and your toys.
Aside from the consequences that glycerin and parabens can have on the physique — i.e. glycerin can contribute to vaginal yeast manufacturing and throw off the pure PH stability — petroleum-based lubricant is not nice for the surroundings. Petroleum oils require petroleum extraction which generally contributes to ocean waste in addition to generates fossil fuels. There are nonetheless oil-based lubes that don’t comprise petroleum, so it’s potential to avoid petroleum-based lube solely.
Brands like Good Clean Love, Sustain, and Sliquid all promote extra sustainable water-based and oil-based lubricants; nevertheless, these firms and plenty of others nonetheless use plastic non-recyclable packaging. For this purpose, it might be good to make use of pure options to business lubes resembling aloe vera or coconut oil that are extra widespread and simpler to seek out in glass jars, or within the case of aloe vera, from the plant straight. I might simply advise testing small quantities of pure lube options on your genitals first in case you’ve got any reactions (my vagina, for example, hates coconut oil).
3. Sex toy recycling
If our sex toys break or they weren’t the appropriate match and it’s time to eliminate them, the place will we put them? Definitely not the recycling bin; Tacoma’s recycling program doesn’t even decide up glass anymore so I doubt they might take my thrusting dildo. So, I assume the trash then? But in the event that they comprise batteries, plastics, and silicone, they doubtless gained’t break down over time.
Fear not! There are firms particularly devoted to the recycling of sex toys! I discovered an organization in Portland OR known as Scarlet Girl in addition to an identical program in Atlanta, GA named Eden Fantasies. Both have sex toy recycling packages by which they may take donations from across the nation and eliminate them correctly for you. A sex toy recycling program within the U.Ok. mentioned their donated outdated silicone dildos are recycled into a cloth to resurface roads and playgrounds!
Another choice is buying a extra eco-friendly sex toy from the get-go! There are toys manufactured from recyclable supplies resembling glass or metallic. A bonus with glass sex toys is that you may both place your glass toy in boiling water or the freezer earlier than use for some added sensation. There are additionally firms like Womanizer who created an air pulse suction toy that is constructed with a biodegradable various to a plastic known as Biolene — a bioplastic comprised of primarily corn starch. Their toys are additionally deliberately straightforward to disassemble and recycle when it comes time to take action.
4. Simpler adjustments
Additional suggestions for a sustainable sex life embrace reusable towels for post-sex clean-up versus moist wipes, thrifting lingerie or toys for bondage play, and chopping down on the bathe sex.
To be sincere, I discovered all of this new info actually overwhelming and for those who really feel equally, know you’re not alone. It may be troublesome altering our life, to not point out that plenty of sustainable options are out of the everyday faculty pupil’s finances. You don’t have to make all of those adjustments directly. Choose what may be essentially the most achievable for you, after which begin there. I believe I’m going to start by making my very own lube! No change is too small, every part has an influence. Don’t let the eco-guilt kill your boner, however fairly, encourage some horny reflection.