Sex can be bad, good, brain-melting, average, fun, embarrassing and so much more. Nearly all of us have sex at some point in our life. Pleasure now is more accessible than ever and doesn’t need a lot of resources. However, if you want to spice up your sex life a bit, there are a vast number of helpers you can use: I’m talking about sex toys of course.
Taking the matter of pleasure into our own hands (quite literally) can be exciting and freeing. When I started on my eco-journey there were many things on my bucket list I wanted to find green alternatives for. To be honest, sex toys weren’t one of them. Now though, after having changed my diet, switched to climate-friendlier ways of transport and either thrifting or sowing my clothes, I have decided to concentrate on one of the most personal matters one can have: my sex life.
So, what makes a sex toy eco-friendly?
Let’s start by discussing the big no-goes. Batteries in vibrators, for example. Every year, several billion dry-cell batteries are purchased worldwide and only a fraction of that number are being recycled. Plastic is another problem in toys and their packaging is usually not eco-friendly either. The toys themselves can even cause health problems like impotence or cancer when they are made of materials like PVC, vinyl, parabens, or phthalates. Therefore, toys without harmful substances are not only good for your friendly neighbourhood greenie but everyone really.
How to pick the right toy
Toys that are not harmful to your body and give you a better eco-conscience should be made of either glass, responsibly harvested wood, or medical silicon. Yeah, you read that correctly, I said glass and wood. But fear no harm! Products like Crystal Delights glass dildos and anal plugs are very durable and won’t crack easily. Same with wooden toys. They come with a special coating that prevents splinters and many of them are even vegan and biodegradable.
What to keep in mind
Some people like to use what mother earth gives us in the form of vegetables (carrots, cucumbers) or fruits (bananas). While they do work as dildo substitutes, please use a condom for not getting in contact with pesticide residue and for hygiene reasons. Fortunately, eco-condoms have been on the market for a while now, same as green lubricant.
The next time I’ll treat myself to a new bedroom companion, it will be a green sex toy. Because, you know, I want to feel good while feeling good.