ECO SEX - YOUR INTIMACY PRODUCTS MAY BE MORE SINISTER THAN YOU THINK
Choosing to have eco-sex isn’t just good for you, it’s good for the planet too. In this article, we’ll explore the eco-friendliness of common products used between the sheets, including alternatives to lube. Join us as we delve into the world of eco-sex and discover how you can make a difference in your intimate life.
Let’s start with the good news: most lubes are free of animal products. Collective cheer! But there are other ethical and eco-friendliness considerations beyond animal ingredients. For example, animal testing can be an issue, with many companies not being transparent about their testing practices. One ingredient to look out for in lubricants is glycerin (something you should avoid anyway). Many glycerins have animal origins so unless the ingredients specify ‘vegetable glycerin’, steer clear! To avoid this, consider natural alternatives to lube like coconut, olive, or jojoba oil.
While natural oils are great alternatives to lube, they can sometimes be messy and not long-lasting. That’s where Wildfire 4-in-1 Pleasure Oil comes in. It’s a vegan, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free alternative made with natural ingredients like olive oil, sweet jojoba oil, and vitamin E, which means you can use it without any guilt.
Wildfire 4-in-1 Pleasure Oils aren’t just a natural lubricant, but they also work as a sensual massage oil, bath oil, and skin moisturiser. This versatile product is perfect for those looking to reduce their environmental footprint while enjoying a healthy and pleasurable sex life. So, say goodbye to traditional lubricants and try Wildfire 4-in-1 Pleasure Oil today for a more ethical and eco-friendly intimate experience.
While natural alternatives to lube may be the first thing that comes to mind when considering eco-friendly intimacy products, there’s so much more to consider. From condoms to sex toys, many common products used between the sheets can have a surprisingly negative impact on the environment and our health. Over the rest of this article, we’ll explore the truth about these products and provide alternatives that are both ethical and sustainable. Get ready to uncover some surprising truths about your intimacy products and learn how to make more eco-friendly choices.
Most candles contain animal by-products and are therefore not considered vegan. There are alternatives that burn just as well and smell just as sensuous – so you can set the mood and feel good about the products you’re using. Soy-based candles are the most popular vegan alternative – and they’re relatively easy to find. Rule of thumb? Unless the packaging specifies the product is Vegan, it’s most likely not.
When it comes to setting the mood for a romantic evening, many people turn to candles. However, most candles on the market are not vegan, as they often contain animal by-products such as beeswax, stearic acid, or tallow. This can come as a surprise to many people who are trying to live a more eco-friendly and ethical lifestyle.
Luckily, there are alternatives to traditional candles that are both vegan and eco-friendly. Soy-based candles are a popular choice, as they burn just as well as traditional candles and come in a wide variety of scents. Other vegan candle options include those made from vegetable wax, such as canola or coconut wax. When looking for vegan candles, it’s important to check the packaging to ensure that the product is truly vegan. Many companies use ambiguous language or misleading labeling, which can make it difficult to determine if a product is truly animal-free. Rule of thumb, If a candle is labeled as “natural” or “sustainable,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s vegan. Look for candles that explicitly state that they are free of animal by-products and have not been tested on animals.
In addition to soy-based and vegetable wax candles, there’s another type of candle that’s gaining popularity among those who want to enhance their intimacy experience: massage candles. Massage candles are made from natural and vegan ingredients such as soy wax, shea butter, and essential oils. They are designed to melt at a low temperature, which allows the melted wax to be used as a warm massage oil that can be applied directly to the skin. Massage candles can be great alternatives to lube, as they provide a sensual and nourishing experience for the skin while also helping to increase arousal and intimacy. Plus, they can double as a romantic and calming candle for your bedroom. When shopping for massage candles, look for ones that are free of synthetic fragrances, parabens, and other harmful chemicals to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Plus, by choosing vegan candles, you can create a romantic and sensual atmosphere while feeling good about the products you’re using. Plus, you’ll be supporting ethical and sustainable companies that prioritise animal welfare and the environment. So next time you’re setting the mood, consider lighting a soy-based or vegetable wax candle instead of a traditional one. Your conscience (and the planet) will thank you.
Traipsing through the supermarket or pharmacy looking for protection can be a daunting task. Forget banana-flavoured or ribbed for her pleasure – it’s hard enough making sure your ethical shopping standards extend to the bedroom. We’re bombarded with options for sex protection left, right and centre – and advertising loopholes mean we’re not always getting the full picture when it comes to the environment. Whether you’re shopping for condoms, dental dams, or visiting your doctor for prescribed birth control – make sure you’re doing it the ethical way.
Disclaimer: Let’s not forget that the environmental effect of eradicating condoms based on veganism or ability to biodegrade would not make much sense. Less condoms = more babies = many more carbon footprints.
Enter: the most common condom. Your run-of-the-mill, latex, lubricated condom. Before we dis the entire material, remember that some latex condoms are still ethical to some standards. Many latex condoms are totally vegan, using a vegetable instead of animal protein. What you have to look out for is the milk protein casein, which is more often than not added to latex condoms. This protein renders this product non-vegan. Here’s some even worse news: although some say latex condoms should biodegrade because latex rubber is made from the sap of rubber trees – due to additives (like milk proteins) in condoms, they are totally non-biodegradable. Eek!
Polyurethane & other rubber-based
Rubber is a natural and plant-based material – but, similarly to latex – often contains the milk protein casein and, in some cases, gelatin. Another possible problem is material is vulcanised. Rubber goes through a process called vulcanisation – basically, where the rubber is hardened with sulphur at a high temperature. Oftentimes sex and health brands use animal-based stearic acid to vulcanise rubber, rendering it non-vegan. Animal-based stearic acid is sourced from euthanized animals, making its implications far direr than its plant-based counterpart.
Although the major obvious downfalls of lambskin condoms – like, they don’t stop the transmission of STIs and they’re inherently non-vegan – we will say they are the only condom on the market that is fully biodegradable. So, for those in committed relationships not looking to get pregnant – this could be the condom for you. The heat transferring abilities of lambskin condoms give a ‘barely there’ feeling. Still somewhat readily available at the supermarket and pharmacist, they’re great for those with latex allergy – or, best of all, those looking to leave a smaller carbon footprint behind.
Before we go into more detail, let’s just lay it right out there: there is no 100% vegan hormonal birth control. Research shows that all hormonal birth control options contain some milk protein. However, reliable birth control exists – the kind without hormones – that provides many women with reliable birth control. Here are a couple of options that should cater to your ethical standards the next time you find yourself at the doctor. Some popular forms of non-vegan (aka birth control with hormones) are the generic birth-control Pill and copper IUDs. If veganism is important in your sex life, avoid IUDs that contain hormones.
Edible and flavoured
It can be hard enough navigating your meals and grocery shopping either as a vegan, vegetarian, or just a vigilant ethical shopper. When it comes to sexual products that you can eat? Forget about it. Whipped cream is out of the question(the combo of a dairy product and a cream canister is less-than-ideal). Fruits are a simple, sweet way to overcome this problem. But if you like your intimacy treats in the form of flavoured lubes, arousal oil, body chocolate and flavoured condoms – things get a little blurry. Again, looking for a product that is labelled ‘Vegan’ is a good place to start. Scan the ingredients, and look for dodgy additives like glycerin, shellac, gelatin, milk proteins, or any other animal-based products. Don’t let the complications get in your way so you miss out on the fun: food and sex are two of life’s biggest pleasures, after all!
Most ethical shoppers have, at one point or another, become intimately familiar with the wonders of essential oils and other all-natural, non-harmful ingredients that feature heavily in cruelty-free beauty and health products. So, it should come as no surprise that there are many totally viable, effective alternatives to products that are harmful to animals and the Earth.
Toys & accessories
Being an ethical shopper should not mean missing out on all the fun. News flash: it’s very possible to be a vegan BDSM-enthusiast. But for real – cheeky costumes and accessories for roleplay, as well as full-on sex toys are available readily and ethically: you just have to pay closer attention. Just as you buy clothing and accessories for day-to-day wear, it’s especially important to take note of unfair labour conditions or companies that don’t take environmental considerations when purchasing your bedroom goodies.
We already know rubber and latex more often than not contain animal ingredients by way of additives. But a lot of other materials popularly used in the manufacturing of sex toys aren’t vegan-friendly. Silicone, jelly and even some metals contain animal ingredients in the form of additives like dyes and flavours. There is great news though: totally vegan and eco-friendly sex toys are readily available but may require a bit more time to find. For example, glass and crystal toys are fast becoming popular with eco-conscious buyers. The trick? Just make sure they are free of dyes or other icky additives. Some sex toys are even beginning to utilise solar power – so it may be time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors if you catch our drift…
Roleplay & costumes
For any vegans, leather is automatically a no-go-zone. Lucky there are high-quality, vegan-friendly alternatives out there. Be careful when you shop: sometimes faux-leather actually contains real leather. Weird, right? Feathery nightgowns, furry handcuffs, lacy negligee: what’s considered ethical and what’s not? The only difference to when trying to shop your sex life ethical is that, when shopping for everyday clothes, you usually have more options. Stick to brands that advertise their practices, and don’t be afraid to do some online research beforehand.
Let’s conclude by saying: there are options. Our sex life is a consistent and very real part of our day-to-day so it makes sense to extend your usual ethical-buying practices to your intimacy products and accessories. A little more thoroughness and time may have to be dedicated to making sure your choices are reflecting the planet’s best interest. Sex is, after all, the most natural thing in the world… so your sexy goodies should follow suit.