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Want to be sexually eco-friendly? Read this

Want to be sexually eco-friendly? Read this

If you want to be more mindful of your eco footprint whilst keeping an active sex life, this article is for you.

According to research conducted by the World Bank, "the world generates 2.01 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste annually, with at least 33 percent of that—extremely conservatively—not managed in an environmentally safe manner."

At the moment, the majority of our trash still goes to open dump, incineration, and landfill, and only about 46% gets to be composted and/or recycled. All these factors affect how fast earth warms, which in turn affects marine life and brings about weather-related disasters. Remember snow… in Texas? And a little closer to home, the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires? That doesn’t sound very sexy.

Another not-so-sexy fact? Global waste is also projected to grow by 3.4 billion tonnes in less than three decades. One way we can slow this down is by being mindful of our waste, even with the products we use in bed.

The key to being eco-friendly sexually is to carry out activities and use products that have less harmful impact on the planet.

In case you missed it: in the recently concluded Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Australia slipped four spots for our climate policy. Even if our government doesn’t want to take the initiative, we as global citizens, should.

Here are some ideas.

Consider being in a monogamous relationship if you’re not (and get tested)

One way to reduce waste such as condoms (especially if they’re not toxin-free) is to simply be in a monogamous relationship, and consider other contraceptive methods such as intrauterine devices or IUDs and implants if it fits your lifestyle choice, of course.

Prior to being intimate, monogamous or not, it is recommended to get tested to screen for STIs/STDs.

Plus, being polygamous and having unprotected sex means the potential of having little babies, and man, babies are not only expensive but not great in general for the environment (more on that later).

Say bye bye to shower sex

Remember being three and being told not to waste water? Remember this when you feel like having some steamy shower sex. Yes, we know shower sex is awesome, but as an alternative, and also potentially more romantic, do it under the rain instead. After all, it has rained a lot lately ;)

Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton from The Notebook can never.

Invest in rechargeable sex toys

Younger me would spend on cute clothes on impulse. As I grew older, I’ve gravitated towards buying investment pieces that I can use for a long time. The same philosophy should go for buying sex toys because, borrowing words from Nam Vo, one of my favourite makeup artists/Instagram personalities, “These are not cheap but neither are you.”

Save on batteries and having to throw them out as soon as you have reached an orgasm by investing in rechargeable sex toys.

The good thing with this digital age is that you don’t need to go outside the comforts of your own home to find out what the good ones are and where to buy them. Google reviews for sex toys or watch reviews and shop directly on Instagram.

Use vegan, toxin-free condoms

Because the majority of condoms use petroleum that requires fossil fuels, why not go for vegan, toxin-free condoms that contain no nasties?

Whether you’re using eco-friendly products or not, safe sex is still more sustainable than unwanted pregnancies and STIs. With Sokkie Ultra Thin Condoms, you’re actually using an eco-friendly, vegan product, all while practicing safe sex. Win-win.

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Last but not least, and without a shadow of a doubt, this is probably the most sustainable tip of them all:

Don’t have kids

Think of all the nappies you’ll be able to NOT throw out and all the clothes and shoes you won’t have to buy because spoiler alert: kids grow out of stuff so fast. If not having kids is not for you, save Mother Earth (and yourself, too) by using contraceptives.

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Author: Ali de la Cruz
Ali has yet to meet anyone whose music playlist is as all over the place as hers. She likes to pretend she writes her blogs like Carrie Bradshaw.