In a city that prides itself in its dedication to recycling and a proclivity for all things green, it seems only natural that Seattlites would want to lead an eco-friendly sex life. While one’s bedroom-routine may seem separate from their compost habits, there are a handful of ways to connect the dots between your ecological footprint and your sex life.
- Toying around: When it comes to toys, most of us blush at the mere mention. Yet, accoridng to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, about half of Americans — including men — own a vibrator. But there is much more that goes into these toys than we may realize. The materials to make sex toys range from plastic to stone, and there is a significant difference between each one and the toll they take on you and on the environment. Steer clear of plastic toys which are usually made with phthalates, a chemical that makes them rubbery and often times for ‘novelty use only.’ Try out glass, stone, or silicon toys instead. Capitol Hill’s Babeland offers an entire line of eco-friendly toys, with features ranging from rechargeable vibrators to sustainably harvested woods.
- Protect yourself: Latex is compostable, so instead of tossing that used condom in the trash, maybe think about adding it to your compost pile. Or, if you are hesitant about using condom compost to fertilize your veggies come spring, there are other steps rubber users can take to keep things green. Vegan condoms are made without the dairy proteins found in most condoms, and they are created without animal testing. These condoms are available at a range of places, including Seattle Green Toys.
- The Other Natural Lubricants: There are a medley of options when it comes to finding an all-natural lubricant, but Babeland offers up a carefully selected range of organic lube. Sliquid Oceanics Lubricant is one of the featured products. On top of being recognized by Oprah’s O Magazine, this lubricant also contains carrageenan, which is known to help prevent the spread of HPV. And while vegetable oil products are not latex safe, they do serve as long-lasting all-natural lubricants.