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Zero Waste Condoms: Is It Possible? The Best Conscious and Vegan Protection

Have you ever seen those people who fit all of their trash in a jar and wonder… how about sex – are they using zero waste condoms? Otherwise, where are the wrappers from their years of enjoying life? Compared to fruit sticker labels, empty condom wrappers are less likely to make it onto the polished social feed, sex is a normal and healthy part of any consenting adult’s life. And it’s also important to stay safe! So how do we go about ‘doing it’ sustainably? Here’s everything you need to know about low waste, safe condoms.

Are zero waste condoms even possible?

In short, no. A reusable condom would not be sanitary and also probably wouldn’t feel very good either. However, there are better choices than traditional condoms. 

Most condoms are made from natural rubber, plastics, parabens, and chemicals. They’re packaged in plastic. They also often contain nitrosamines, which are a known carcinogen that can be exposed to the body during sex. 

More sustainable condoms are made from natural rubber from a fair trade certified plantation. They also often skip the toxic dyes, fragrances, and nitrosamines. 

Apart from condoms, people who menstruate may also use an IUD, birth control, dental dam, or other forms of contraception. However, all of these forms of birth control do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and create some amount of waste. With that said, any form of birth control is a lot more sustainable in the long run than unwanted pregnancies.

Sustainable Condoms

zero waste condoms

Lovability

  • Vegan
  • 100% body-safe
  • 100% natural latex
  • No fragrances, BPAs, GMOs, or carcinogens
  • Easy to open
  • Paper, plastic cup, and aluminum tin packaging are recyclable

zero waste condoms

Fair Squared

  • Fair Trade latex
  • Vegan
  • No animal testing
  • Free of parabens, SLS, triclosan, and phthalates
  • Guaranteed and certified with a CE mark
  • Tested to the highest possible international standard – ISO 4074

zero waste condoms

Hanx

  • 100% natural latex
  • Fair Trade
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Ships from Glasshouse Shop in London, UK

zero waste condoms

Glyde

  • Made of sustainably grown, non-GMO latex
  • Natural latex sourced from a worker-owned-and-operated producer
  • Vegan
  • Free of parabens, casein, glycerin, and talc

Sustain

  • Nitrosamine free
  • Fair Trade latex
  • Each and every condom is FDA cleared and electronically tested for safety
  • 1% of every purchase goes to a fund that supports US-based women’s health organizations

An honourable mention to Sustain for making an unscented lube that is water-based with 96% organic ingredients. While it isn’t plastic free, it is better for the planet by utilizing organic ingredients. The company is also a certified B Corp.

Although zero waste condoms aren’t a legitimate option, there are plenty of options on the market that are smarter for our planet and your body. Have you tried any of the brands mentioned above? Let me know if you’d recommend them in the comments below!

Living a more eco-conscious lifestyle extends into all areas of your life – even in the bedroom! If you need a little motivation to stay on track, check out the Aim Plastic Free Challenge for daily tips and challenges.

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Mia Hadrill

hello@aimplasticfree.com
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