So this is something that I think a lot of people forget about when switching to an ethical/cruelty free/vegan lifestyle. Condoms are often made from latex which contains the milk protein casein, while other condoms are made from lamb intestines. But don’t panic, vegan friendly options are out there!
Fair Squared – “FAIR SQUARED stands for fair dealings with and fair treatment of all involved in the production process – humane working conditions, environmental and sustainable economic activities and the rejection of animal testing and child labor.”
Fair Squared are The Vegan Society and PETA approved. As well as making vegan condoms, Fair Squared also make body, face, hand, shower, shaving and massage products. For those living in the UK, you can buy their condoms from Ethical Superstore, however they do ship all throughout Europe.
Glyde – “Crafted with patented technology and a clean plant-based formula, our products deliver a more satisfying experience while eliminating concerns about harmful additives, animal products and testing.”
Glyde are The Vegan Society and PETA approved and produce a variety of condoms, including a sample pack so you can try out a few varieties before you buy a whole box. They also sell neat little cases to keep them in, as well as lubricants and dams. Widely available in the USA and Europe from a variety of sellers, find your most convenient stockist here.
Now ethical sex toys seem to be much harder to get hold of, choosing a toy made from glass or wood is a step up from plastic as it’ll be more environmentally friendly and better for your body. Opting for rechargeable batteries/toys would also be a more eco-conscious decision. I have however found a wind up vibrator, yes you heard me. It’s a bit on the expensive side for my liking but if you’re willing to invest, it seems like a good idea! Certain companies such as Love Honey will also take back your electrical sex toys to be safely recycled rather than ending up in landfills.
In terms of other methods of contraception, the most ethical option is Natural Family Planning but this does not protect you against STD’s or necessarily pregnancy. Your other options are the copper IUD as it doesn’t produce any hormones or any needless waste, it works by stopping the sperm surviving in the womb or fallopian tubes. Another option is the implant or injection as they both produce little to no waste but they do contain hormones. You can find information about all forms of contraception here.
I hope this has given you some tips on how to improve your ethical sex life, if you find anymore ways to improve your ethical decisions when it comes down to sex, leave them in the comments!
Stay sexy x