7 Tips for Eco-friendly Sex

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Going green requires many lifestyle changes, such as using public transportation, riding a bike, buying locally-grown produce and recycling. But another place that can also take some eco-friendly changes is the bedroom. Here are some tips about going green in the sheets while still going hard!

1. Having sex outdoors is a great because you can enjoy your love-making back where it all started – in nature. Try finding an isolated garden or park to do the deed (bonus: this scandalous locale hunt adds excitement – a kind of foreplay, if you will). Oh yeah, and make sure to bring a blanket and bug spray. You won’t be using any lights (or adding to your carbon footprint); rather, the moon and the stars will be your guide. Just make sure when  you’re done you properly dispose of condoms or contraceptives in the nearby trash can. Nothing kills the mood like a litterbug.

2. Condoms have also gone green (no, not just the funky color). Eco-friendly condoms, more commonly known as vegan condoms, do not contain latex, (a diary product). For true Greenies, Glyde condoms, which are 100 percent vegan, come in a pack of 12 and in various colors, are the way to go.

3. Shower for two. You probably know this already, but showering together really is more green and it’s a great way for you and your partner to lather it up. So many people in the world don’t have access to clean water and plumbing so enjoy this luxury with someone.

4. Whether alone or with a partner, sex toys are fun but can be harmful to the environment. Many store-bought toys can contain chemicals such as phthalates, a chemical that softens hard plastics and give them that jelly feeling. In 2004 this substance was banned in various children’s toys. High levels of this substance has been linked with birth defects and hormone changes. Try to use toys that recharge or even use rechargeable batteries instead of throwing out batteries. Look for glass, silicone, metal or hard plastic toys instead. EarthErotics is a great site to search for various sex toys that are all made eco-friendly from their vibrators to their phthalate-free We-Vibe Touch to their Standard Recycled Rubber Whip made from inner tubes. Babeland is currently donating 10 percent of their profits from eco-toys to Grist, an online environmental magazine.

5. Lube it up. If you’re using petroleum jelly in sex, stop. Not only is it bad for you, it’s hurting the environment around you and there are much better alternatives. One of the main chemicals found in petroleum jelly is cholinesteranse inhibitor and it’s known to pollute ground water. Many of the same chemicals used in lube are the same chemicals found in oven cleaner antifreeze. Now there are great new lubes for you and your partner that are healthy for the environment: Yes lube is free of glycerin, silicones and petroleum and Hathor is a mother-daughter company that created a line of various botanical skincare products.

6. Remember that cute girl you’ve been chatting up from the Environmental Club? You went with her to clean garbage in parks, gone to recycling centers together and even started a compost in your dorm for her. But what would turn her on even more when you’re rocking C-IN2 biodegradable, bamboo sustainable and pesticide free underwear? Though she might like them so much she just might not want you to take them off. For the females, brands such as Chantelle, Green Knickers, Pact, Enamore and SheFinds all provide various forms of eco-friendly underwear. From organic Turkish cotton to hemp, bamboo, fair trade and organic cotton, and from thongs to boy shorts, these sites have a great variety of eco-alternative and cuts.

7. Candles are always romantic, but now they can also save energy by not using lights. There are also various kinds of eco-friendly candles that can be used instead of traditional kinds of wax candles. Try looking for beeswax, soy or palm oil candles to set the mood.

Did you like these tips to keeping it green in the sheets? Have any more? Add to the list!

4 Responses to “7 Tips for Eco-friendly Sex”

  1. Christine Leigh

    Interesting article.

    A few points of friendly dispute:

    It’s not that latex itself is a dairy product, but caesin, which is a milk protein, is sometimes used in its manufacture.

    Given that human beings consume a great deal of earth’s resources I’d argue that non-vegan condoms are greener than nothing because they help to prevent pregnancy. In addition, condoms of all sorts are the most effective way to prevent disease. Think of the medical resources that would go into combating chronic illnesses. So I would argue that condom use is green, but vegan condoms are better.

    I’m not so certain that lighting candles is more “green” than turning on the lights. If you’re in a region that gets its power from hydro-electric or wind, you’re probably better with the lights than the energy it takes to process and then destroy a candle.

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  2. Nita

    thanks for your comment and thank you for your correction about latex.

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  3. Kayla Brown

    Hahaha you’re my favorite!

    Actually, I was just saying in MY TNGG green week article that I can’t stand it when people do it in the shower, because honestly, if you have an hour long sex sex in the shower, that is SO MUCH H20!!!

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