Set an Eco-friendly Mood
Eco-minded actual sex is fun, but setting the mood beforehand is also important and can be just as green and fun. Liven up your space and self with some of the green tips below.
- Brighten the scene: Candles are romantic and sexy, but wax-based candles aren’t so hot for the planet or your health. Use soy-based candles for a cleaner burn. Install low-key eco-minded lighting (dimmers are good), but if that’s not an option, a nice string of subtly colored LED holiday lights can also be great because they add light, but not too much light.
- Scent your space: Organic flowers or organic essential oils are great ways to scent your space without the toxic chemicals normally found in typical scents and air fresheners.
- Relax: Massage bars are an awesome way to set the mood and relax. Check out the unbelievably amazing Silky Soy Moisture Bars from Evergreen Candleworks, or make your own massage bars with organic ingredients.
- Dress up: Or dress down, as the case may be, in eco-friendly-but-still-sexy attire, like these 21 hot and ethical lingerie items for women. Men don’t have quite as many eco-sexy clothing options, but if you’re not into going commando, PACT does make a line of organic boxer briefs that are quite nice.
- Go organic and minimal: If you have a lot of bedroom-based sex, make sure you own an eco-friendly mattress and outfit said mattress with organic bedding. Also, keep your bedroom space simple. No TV, no overly bright lights and keep clutter to a minimum. A cluttered space piled with work or projects won’t allow you to relax, which isn’t conducive to fun sex.
- Got questions?: Need a book to help you set the mood and give you ideas? Sadly, there aren’t any super keen green sex book out there, but do check out Guide to Getting It On. Now in its 7th edition, the book is lauded as “…the only sex manual you’ll ever need” by Rolling Stone Magazine, among many others. They’re not kidding: the pictures are kind of ridiculous, but if you can move past that, this is the BEST sex book you can buy, and you can get a sneak peek at Goofy Foot Press. You can also visit Kinsey Confidential for online answers to everything sex-related.
Splurge on Green Sex Toys
Various sources estimate that Americans alone spend around $1.2 billion dollars on sex toys annually, so this is an area where consumer choice can really make a positive eco-impact. Below are some tips for buying safer, greener sex toys.
- Buy a rechargeable vibrator.
- If you do need a battery-operated vibe or other sex toy, be sure to pick up a rechargeable battery kit too.
- Look for electric vs. battery-run toys; just be sure to unplug them when you’re done to conserve energy.
- Try a solar powered vibe—eco-friendly and perfect for on-the-go use (hello camping)!
- Many traditional sex toys contain phthalates and other chemicals that don’t belong on (or in) you. Look for toys that are free from chemicals whenever possible.
- In general, avoid toys made with “Jelly Rubber” or PVC composites. Jelly Rubber is a very common material used to make sex toys, but they’re full of PVC and phthalates.
- Elastomer is one latex-free sex toy material that’s free of phthalates.
- Glass sex toys are a safe bet if you’re trying to avoid chemicals.
- Look for metal and even wooden sex toys, which are chemical-free.
- Silicone sex toys are touch and go in the chemical department due to shoddy labeling. REAL 100% silicone contains no polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is phthalate free, plus silicone is nonporous and thus safe because germs won’t stay on silicone, as long as you wash your toys thoroughly. To ensure that you’re getting a safe product, always make sure the label says 100% silicone, not just “silicone.”
- If you’re in need of vegan dental dams, check out Glyde.
- If you’re into whips or other like-minded toys, look for those made from recycled materials, like this Recycled Rubber Whip.
Best places to shop for eco-minded sex toys
- Earth Erotics - a super eco-sex shop carrying only environmentally friendly, organic and non toxic adult products. This shop also has a eco-initiative in place and hosts their retail website with 100% wind power.
- Babeland – simply type, “eco” into the search bar at Babeland for a slew of awesome eco-friendly goodies, including a ready-to-go eco-sexy kit.
- Good Vibrations – this king of sex shops has a lot of useful info about greener toys, lube and more within their great Ecorotic collection.
- Jimmyjane - offers a lot of body-safe sex toys and has a solid eco-commitment in place.
- Kinky Green – has one goal: to “Provide modern women with intimate products for a sustainable sex life.” They hand-pick only eco-friendly products, and none of the items sold on their site contain phthalates, glycerin, or parabens.
- Simply Blown – sells one product and one product only: handcrafted glass dildos. BUT they’re worth a look, because these are like shiny works of art with a purpose. Seriously!
Recycle Your “Personal Massager”
According to Babeland, approximately 167,250 devices were purchased in 2006, but that figure only included vibrators, so imagine how many sex toys are really being bought. If we recycle at least some of them, it’ll help. Unfortunately, very few adult toy recycling programs exist, and by very few, I mean exactly TWO. The Sex Toy Recycling Program was launched in 2008, and that seemed like an awesome deal, but that program is now defunct—I mention it only because they still have their website up EVERYONE recommends them, thus confusing lots of people. Currently, Scarlet Girl has an environmentally friendly option for adult toy disposal and recycling. Bonus – if you trade your unwanted or broken sex toys in Scarlet Girl will give you a $10 credit towards your next online purchase. Love Honey also has a sex toy recycling program. Although they’re located in the UK, the carbon you use sending your toys across the pond still might be a better option than letting your old vibe languish in a landfill. Overall, since you can’t easily recycle your sex toys, be sure to make careful purchases. Read reviews, make sure you buy quality products, try to buy goods packaged in recycled content packaging and use those toys until they just won’t go anymore.