Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Peter, is there a way to recycle condoms and sex toys?

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Q: Peter, Peter, is there a way to recycle condoms and sex toys?

A:Thank you for your question! Greener sex is a definite possibility, and the market for eco-condoms and toys is steadily expanding.

There is currently no way to recycle or compost latex or polyurethane condoms. All condoms are intended for one-time use, and any condoms (even unused, unopened ones) or sex toys you toss into your normal recycling bin will be sorted into the trash at your local recycling plant. Unfortunately, conventional latex and polyurethane condoms are only semi-biodegradable and non-biodegradable, respectively. However, even if you can’t recycle or compost conventional condoms and sex toys, there are lots of sustainable sex materials on the market that you can buy instead!

Glyde condoms are vegan, come in assorted flavors, feel thinner than most conventional condoms, and are actually recommended by PETA. Eco-friendly companies like Lelo and CoCo de Mer make their toys exclusively out of sustainable and/or recyclable materials like glass, metal, hard plastics, and elastomers. There are lots of green and affordable vibrators that run on rechargeable batteries and/or solar panels – take the Acuvibe  and the Sola  for example. Earth Erotics  makes whips out of recycled inner tubes for eco-friendly S&M play, as well as non-toxic, non-PVC dildos, butt plugs, and cock rings.


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