April 22nd is Earth Day and we all know it is important to love our Mother Earth. But have you ever wondered if you need to go green while you are also busy heating up the sheets? The truth is some of us are leaving a huge sexual carbon footprint.
Many people are not aware that they need to pay close attention to the ingredients in the products they use during sexual activity and what happens when they are done with them. Think about it for a minute, most of us use non-rechargeable batteries for sex toys that get thrown away and end up in a landfill. Condoms get tossed thoughtlessly into the toilet and either end up floating in septic tanks or make their way eventually from sewers into the water systems. They can clog up plumbing and latex, when in water, is not biodegradable. When they eventually make their way out into rivers, lakes and the oceans, they contaminate river and sea beds and harm aquatic plants.
Petroleum is oil based. It comes from crude oil. Some lubes are petroleum based and not only do they destroy latex condoms, they stain the sheets, are difficult to wash off after sex and can irritate the vagina and rectum. The can also trap bacteria and yeast in the vagina and uterus underneath its thick oily coating. Vaseline, baby oil, mineral oil and cooking oils are examples of petroleum based lubricants. By purchasing and using these types of lubricants people are contributing to the pollution that the oil companies produce. Including the damage that results from offshore drilling when there is an oil spill.
Phthalates are a chemical that makes plastic more pliable and is found in many adult toys. The most common being the jelly like dildos and vibrators. Eventually the plastic begins to break down and toxins are released into your body and the environment.
Tips for making your sex life more environmentally friendly:
- Wrap condoms in tissue or toilet paper and discard in the trash. This is still not 100% better but it will help make sure they don’t end up polluting the water system. Latex condoms take years to biodegrade in landfills and polyurethane and polyisoprene condoms may never decompose. But it is a thin line between protecting yourself from HIV and STIs with these types of condoms and going green. Lambskin condoms are a great alternative for someone who is in a monogamous relationship because they will protect you against pregnancy but not HIV/STIs and are fully biodegradeable.
- Use rechargeable vibrators or rechargeable batteries in regular vibes.
- Use water based lubricants with as few ingredients as possible.
- Look for sex toys that are made of glass, metal, wood, or ceramic as these are all natural materials that will not harm the earth.
- Wherever you shop, ask for products that are organic, environmentally friendly, and non-toxic.
- A good rule of thumb is to take a whiff of what you are buying. If it smells like a shower curtain or pool toy – that new plastic smell – stay away from it. Chances are it contains phthalates and are out gassing chemicals.
- Forget anything made with petroleum. This includes Vaseline, baby oil, mineral oil and cooking oils. That is just using more fossil fuel. Just because the big oil companies are screwing mother earth does not mean the rest of us have to.
- Save water by bathing or showering together. This is not only eco-friendly but a sexy way to spend time with your partner.
- Think about what you eat. Oysters for example, are supposed to be a sexy aphrodisiac. But we are destroying our oceans. Try not to eat anything that comes from plundering for pleasure. Look for organic passion fruits as an alternative.
So while you are taking part in other Earth Day celebrations, keep these tips in mind. Use them to plan a private, green celebration with your partner and make every day a sexual earth day.