Sex in the shower, food play and leather Toys can all be an exciting way to spice up your sex life, but they’re also killing the planet.
When you really stop to think about it, sex is contributing in many ways to the climate crisis, from condom pollution to mass production of leather and latex cattle to creating children. So, in a world increasingly obsessed with individuals battling the effects of the climate crisis, The Chronicle has compiled ways to make sex as fun for the planet as it should be for you.
Tip # 1: Conserve Resources
On average, showers waste two to five gallons of water every minute depending on your showerhead, according to the US Geological Survey. As you and your partner grope around the tub, gallons of water are wasted as droughts ravage natural resources in places ranging from California to the Sahara Desert.
Instead, try having fun on the kitchen floor or in a small closet – a bonus being that your chances of having a concussion drop dramatically.
Another way to conserve resources is to have sex with the lights off or with eco-friendly candles for the mood. Plus, it will save you money when that electric bill comes up.
Tip # 2: Go vegan
Vegans like to spice things up in bed too, but that doesn’t mean they have to contribute to the global carbon footprint. When it comes to eating games, many aphrodisiacs are already vegan, such as nutmeg, pomegranates, and asparagus. You can also stop by your local Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods Market to purchase some vegan dark chocolate, red wine, and almond milk whipped cream before you jump in.
Also, don’t forget about veganism when it comes to toys. Many vibrators, lubricants, condoms, and leather-based BDSM items are not vegan. For example, vibrators and BDSM equipment are often made from cowhide leather, while lubricants and condoms typically contain dairy enzymes, animal fat, or honey, which many don’t consider vegan.
Want all the fun without the guilt? There are many sustainable alternatives, such as biodegradable vibrators, faux leather BDSM clothes, herbal lubricants, and eco-friendly condoms.
Tip # 3: stay sustainable
Condoms are a zero waste nightmare. A single-use example par excellence, most condoms are not made to biodegrade, so they often end up damaging water systems, aquatic life and contributing to landfill pollution. Be sure to look for vegan, cruelty-free, biodegradable condoms, as lambskin rubbers may be biodegradable, but they are not vegan and do not effectively protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control. and Prevention.
Another way to be zero waste in the bedroom is to pick up your lingerie at your local thrift store. In 2017, 11.2 million tonnes of textile waste ended up in landfills, with just 2.6 million tonnes of textiles recycled that year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Better yet, wear your birthday costume.
Tip # 4: Think About Breeding Carefully
Booming population growth across the world is a major driver of the climate crisis, with Swedish study finding that families with one less child can save nearly 60 tonnes of carbon each year. By comparison, not having a car would save 2.4 tonnes of carbon. Indeed, increasing human population requires an increasing amount of food, resources, shelter and consumer goods, all of which collectively contribute to global warming and the collapse of our planet.
So the next time you plan to skip protection, think about the possible climatic consequences of breeding.
Plant a tree, save a life; use biodegradable rubber, save a planet.