You recycle, use public transport, switch off the lights when you leave the room. . . so why not green your life in the bedroom? Condoms and sex toys contribute to the huge pile of junk in landfills and oceans. So yes, you can make a difference while having sex. We asked Jessica VonDyke, owner of The Garden , a sexuality resource center and soon-to-be sex shop, to share her tips for a greener sex life.
Leaf's phthalate-free Life vibrator is 100% silicone. VonDyke suggests sex toys that are 100% silicone because blends can contain plastic fibers. An easy way to check is to open the box — if there is no smell coming from the vibrator, the product is probably 100% silicon. VonDyke also recommends splurging on the more expensive sex toys. The higher the quality, the longer they last, and the more care is taken to make these healthy for you and the environment. The Life vibrator comes with a rechargeable battery, which lasts over two hours.
There are many vegan-friendly condoms on the market, but Glyde revolutionized the ethical and vegan condom industry more than 20 years ago. Glyde's patented plant-based formula substitutes thistle extract for animal casein. The Fair Trade condoms are double-dipped for durability that exceeds FDA standards (a manufacturing process that is also patented). Furthermore, these condoms do not contain glycerin or parabens. Glyde condoms are available in three different sizes and a variety of flavors.
Price: $7-16, depending on the quantity
Yes has the only certified organic line of personal lubricants. This water-based product has no hidden chemicals and does not test on animals. Beyond the eco-benefits, this product is especially good for your health since it's free of mucous irritants such as glycerin and parabens — in fact, it's recommended by nurses to breast cancer patients because it works so well for sensitive skin. VonDyke recommends water-based lubricants because some women have allergies to oil-based products.
Ailsa Sachdev is an editorial intern at Sierra. She is a rising senior at Mount Holyoke College and spent the last semester reporting on witchcraft in Morocco. She is passionate about food and travel, and knows how to say "I'm hungry" in over 10 languages.