Going green has gone alittle to far…or has it? As the green movement makes its way into the bedroom, there’s been some new discoveries of what is in the many products used to arouse our sexual desires.
For example, who knew that Trojan latex condoms (including lambskin) has dairy protein in it? Other brands offer vegan varieties in which they replace the dairy with cocoa powder. So the question regarding an allergy to latex is whether it’s truly latex or maybe a dairy sensitivity.
Another interesting tidbit is that most personal lubricants in the U.S. contain chemicals found in oven cleaner and antifreeze. Yes, that would be propylene glycol which penetrates the skin so quickly that the EPA warns factory workers to avoid skin contact to avoid brain, liver and kidney abnormalities! It also contains Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), which is found in oven cleaners. Drugstores sold $82 million worth of personal lubricant last year.
What we come to find out is that adult erotic stores are generally unregulated. When you walk into one of these shops, you can’t miss that “new car” smell. That odor comes from phthalates. These are chemicals used to soften plastic products, including some sex toys. Like bisphenol A, these compounds are endocrine disruptors that studies have linked to premature puberty in girls, low sperm production in boys and breast cancer. Europe and California have already banned certain phthalates.
The good news is that you can find more eco-friendly sex toys made with such materials as stainless steel, mahogany, and glass. WOW…sounds kinky and interesting!
Sales are climbing from organic massage oils to whips made of recycled inner tubes. Going green between the sheets has never been so creative. Where to get some of these sex toys? Babeland is a sex shop with locations in Seattle and New York City. Check for other stores on-line.
Kingsbury, K., “Going Green- Sex and the Eco-City”. Time. Oct. 26, 2009