As a sex toy tester, I am increasingly bothered by the environmental impact of sex toys. Until now, manufacturers have paid very little attention to sustainability. A huge amount of plastic is still used as packaging material, often for hygienic reasons. And what about the material of the toys themselves? Fortunately, there are a few manufacturers who are also starting to see this. The industry is on the verge of a turnaround.
Environmentally conscious consumers are also horny
Many people consciously deal with the environment in their daily life. They use fewer plastic shopping bags, stop using plastic water bottles, buy clothes from ethical clothing brands, and pay attention to the ingredients in their grooming products.
But what about the products we use for our sex life? Condom packaging, lubricant from plastic bottles, the packaging of vibrators and dildos, the batteries, and the rubber and plastic that many sex toys are made of … Not to mention the embarrassment that surrounds these products, which may prevent us from taking them to the recycling center for recycling.
Sex toys also lead to accumulations of landfills and polluted seas. Many toys contain ABS plastic. This material is made from petroleum and is difficult to recycle. Sex toys made of jelly and rubber usually contain phtalates, which have been found to have a toxic effect on the aquatic environment and cause long-term adverse effects on the ecosystem.
Do you think it is not that bad? The global sex toy market is about 33 billion and is growing at an annual rate of 8%. Suppose the average price of a toy is € 35, that quickly amounts to a sloppy 1 billion packaging and toys per year that eventually end up in the environment (not to mention the manufacturing footprint. , usually in countries such as China).
Fortunately, manufacturers are also starting to see that this has to change. The first eco-friendly sex toys are slowly starting to drip into the market (no pun intended).
How to have eco-friendly sex?
Almost all the things you do when it comes to living more consciously, you can also apply to your sex life. So, pay close attention to the material used, its origin and the type of battery (or better yet, no battery at all). A glass or metal dildo is much less incriminating on the environment than a rubber one, for example. You can also charge your rechargeable toys with a solar charger.
Or you take it a step further. There are already dildos made of biodegradable materials, organic lubricants and vegan condoms.
For example, manufacturer Womanizer (you know, the inventor of the air pressure vibrator) has announced a Womanizer Premium Eco. This is a variation of their best-selling product, designed to make the parts easier to recycle. Also, Biolene will be used; a biodegradable material that is an alternative to ABS plastic. In addition, the Premium Eco also has a replaceable battery, which guarantees a long life. A crowdfunding campaign has been set up to develop the Premium Eco.
5 Sustainable sex toys
The Gaia Eco Vibrator from Blush is the world’s first biodegradable vibrator! It is made of BioFeel and PLA, these are materials that are easily recyclable. The Eco Vibrator is a powerful toy with multi-speed vibrations and is easy to operate with the rotary knob at the bottom. This Eco Vibrator is completely waterproof. The BioFeel material is a bioplastic; a polymer compound mixed with corn starch. BioFeel uses less energy and produces fewer greenhouse gases than other toys. Moreover, this material is not porous, making it body-safe. Moreover, the Gaia is very cheap (only € 9.95). The Gaia is available in pink and blue.
System Jo Organic NaturaLove is a 100% organic and vegan water-based lubricant. The lubricant is free from gluten and parabens and safe to use with all types of sex toys and latex condoms. S
ystem Jo Organic NaturaLove is gentle on the intimate parts. The lubricant does not stick and does not leave a nasty aftertaste. Furthermore, it is not tested on animals, free from parabens and free from gluten.
A glass dildo is not only made to last a lifetime, but it is also completely recyclable. This dildo from Prisms is sleek and smooth, hypoallergenic, heat and chemical resistant, latex and phtalates free, so it’s just as healthy for you as it is for Mother Earth. In addition, a glass dildo lasts a lifetime. They are virtually indestructible and easy to maintain. The Hamsa dildo from Prisms Erotic Glass also looks stylish and it is very multifunctional. It can be used as an anal dildo, G-spot dildo and P-spot dildo. This makes it suitable for everyone. Tip: warm it up by putting it in warm water or cool it by putting it in the fridge for a few minutes.
Glyde is the world’s first certified non-toxic, ethical and fair trade condom, and is the only condom certified by the Vegan Society. Glyde condoms are made from a non-toxic formula of all natural ingredients, including non-GMO fair trade natural rubber. Glyde condoms are made with no added sugar or chemicals, animal testing, petrochemicals, parabens, gluten, talc or spermicides. The first condom made from a patented natural plant-based formula of thistle extract and rubber latex, using Glyde’s patented double dipping technology. Made for performance, comfort and fun for both partners. The condoms are provided with lubricant and a reservoir.
Wait. The Doxy Die Cast in a list of environmentally friendly sex toys? Hell yes. The materials are environmentally friendly. The housing is made of aluminum with a titanium alloy. This is a relatively low risk to the environment in terms of toxicity and in principle it is easy to recycle at the end of its life. The silicone head is not only body safe and easy to clean, it is also better for the environment than alternatives made of plastic or rubber. Because the toy works on mains voltage, the Die Cast does not contain a battery. Crucially, this product is so powerful that you will cum hard and fast.
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