Move over, red! As we become more compelled to sustain the future, all that is erotic is becoming green.
From seduction to sex, individuals are becoming more planet-friendly as well as body-friendly. Lovers are getting involved in “green dating,” “vegetarian porn” and “green weddings.”
These days, lovers are also more concerned about what they’re putting on, in or up against their bodies, but great rewards can be found in experimenting with the following:
1. Organic Lubricants
Companies are starting to make lubricants free of parabens and petro-chemicals, like Babeland Naturals Organic Lube. Kissed with skin-healing aloe and organic flowers, such products get away from anything artificial. Some people are turned off by the color (brown), but all things considered, this dark shade is a lot sexier than putting petroleum products on your body.
2. Bamboo Sheets
Make over your bed with silky bamboo fabric. These eco-friendly, luxury sheets come from a renewable source and are usually grown without pesticides and harsh chemicals. They also contain natural, antimicrobial properties (meaning they can kill or inhibit the growth of things like bacteria or fungi). They can be purchased at stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Slippery and stylish, eco-undies and other fine undergarments are now made of hemp silk, organic cotton, bamboo, and other renewable fibers, from companies like American Apparel Organics and the United Kingdom’s Enamore.
4. Environmentally Friendly Condoms
Contraceptives, in general, are a great idea for keeping the Earth’s population under control. So if you use condoms, and all you and your partner have to worry about is pregnancy, you may want to consider the sheep skin condom.
This condom is biodegradable. It does not, however, protect lovers against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
5. Sustainable Wooden Paddles
Into spanking? Coco de Mer makes top of the line sustainable wooden paddles complimented with fair-trade leather wrist cuffs.
6. Phthalate-Free Vibrators
In the last few years, consumers have become increasingly concerned about chemicals called phthalates, a substance of phthalic acid used to soften plastics for more of a jelly-feel. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, high doses of phthalates can change hormone levels, causing birth defects.
The concern is so great that the European Union banned a number of phthalates from children’s toys in 2004. Consider, too, that a study conducted for Greenpeace Netherlands found that the ratio of sex toys that tested positive for phthalates was 7:8. (They ranged in concentration from 24 to 51 percent).
In response, the sex toy industry has started to make vibrators out of elastomer, a latex-free material that doesn’t contain phthalate. When it comes to sex toys in general, look for those made of hard plastic, Lucite, acrylic, glass, metal or elastomer. Rechargeable or solar-powered help the planet even more.
7. Certified Fair Trade Chocolate
This sweet treat has long been a delight of lovers looking to seduce one another. What many don’t know, however, is that its production involves the exploitation of cocoa farmers and child labor in harvesting the cocoa beans. So go for chocolatiers who practice fair trade, using cocoa from companies like Cocoa Camino. Your money will help to improve farming practices and schools in developing countries.
8. Local Flowers
When wooing your lover, try to use locally grown or seasonal flowers. They’re right there and don’t require using as many fossil fuels by coming from miles away!
9. Sex Kits
All-in-one kits, like the Eco-Sexy Kit, are packed with a body-friendly, rechargeable vibrator and all-natural spa products, like soy-based massage candles.
10. Organic Wine
According to the USDA’s National Organic Program, organic wine is “made from organically grown grapes without any added sulfites.” This does, however, limit your selection since so few U.S. winemakers do this.
So when wining and dining each other, go for wines made from certified organically grown grapes. These are grown without any chemical fertilizers, insecticides, weed killers and other synthetic chemicals. And don’t forget to recycle the bottle!
This DivaCup is ideal for couples who are up for sex during that time of the month. It is environmentally sound, reusable and economical. Consider that the average woman uses about 7,000 feminine products over the course of her lifetime.
Ladies get to see more action with less mess, and save themselves a lot of money while sparing the environment of tampons and pads. This comfortable and reliable latex-free, silicone menstrual cup is no-mess doesn’t leak.
In addition to being mindful when shopping for products that add to your passion, know there are plenty of other ways to be good to Mother Earth, including:
— Bicycling instead of driving when going on a date
— Snuggling together as a means to stay warm keeps the thermostat lower, helping energy reduction and climate change
— Using soy, beeswax or vegetable candles to invite sensual moments while reducing your energy bill (Note: Natural waxes burn longer, cleaner and more evenly than paraffin candles)
— Having sex with each other. Focusing on electronic erotica, like porn, uses electricity. Who needs that when you can create your own sparks?
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of Sexuality Source Inc. She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."