When To Go Green Between The Sheets

To my own chagrin, I was pretty sure that the whole “go green” movement was just going to be another fad. However, I’m pleased to see that the drive to help mother earth has stuck around. I’ve read plenty of posts here and there on how best to go green between the sheets, but a lot of them were lacking some pretty serious information- when NOT to go green. I figured I’d compile all of the tips I have in one place so that all you MSP readers can know when to be eco-friendly, and when it’s better to stick to the traditional. Here are the dos and don’ts of Eco-Sex.

How To Go Green!

  • Organic lubes are amazing! Whether you or your partner has some sort of allergy or sensitivity or you’re just looking to cut down the number of chemicals you use, these are definitely the way to go. I highly recommend Blossom Organics Natural Moisturizing Lubricant (sold here with the Arousal Gel, which I don’t recommend if you have sensitive skin). It’s made with extracts of aloe, peony, stevia, and passionflower. It tastes great, too! Another great organic lubricant is Sliquid, which is also made with organic packaging. Sliquid products are filled with fabulous ingredients, such as aloe, hibiscus, alfalfa, and green tea. Be sure to check out OrganicLube.com for product reviews.
  • Go for sheets and bedding made of all natural fibers, such as cotton and silk. This is often overlooked, but it’s a great way to stay all-natural, and it feels great.
  • If you’re in the mood for some partner massage, try some organic massage oil. It’s better for you, better for the environment, and smells amazing. I like all of the massage bars from Lush Cosmetics. They’re all preservative free and filled with essential oils for your skin. Additionally, Organic Bliss also makes a Revitalizing Breast Exam Cream- a way to make monthly self-breast exams a bit more exciting (and green)!
  • Try going green with your birth control! Diaphragms are a great form of birth control, as they’re safe, effective, and reusable.
  • Turn off the lights! If you’re used to looking at each other in the light while getting busy, it could be a fun experiment (not to mention it will save energy and money).
  • Take a shower together. It’s a great way to feel close to your partner, and it saves water. While you’re in there, try some nice organic shower gels (here I am, shamelessly plugging Lush again, but they really make some amazing products, like this Sexy Peel Soap).

When NOT to Go Green:

  • We all love to reuse and recycle, but there are certain things that should only be used once! NEVER reuse condoms, dental dams, or used spermicide.
  • Along the same lines, if something is past its expiration date, please don’t save it in an attempt to reduce your carbon footprint. The latex in condoms does deteriorate over time, making them completely ineffective. If it’s past the date, THROW IT OUT!
  • Clean your sex toys. It’s very important to clean toys between uses, and especially when switching partners. Most materials used in sex toys (latex, silicone, and plastic) are fairly porous, so it’s best to just use a condom on toys when switching partners. Though this may seem wasteful, it’s better to be safe.

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Michaela

Michaela is a recent Seven Sisters graduate with a self-designed degree in Sexuality Studies. When she's not blogging, you'll find her teaching Health and Wellness and A Cappella to high school students, helping women find properly fitting bras, and working as an editor on a documentary. She hopes to continue her education one day with a PhD in Feminist Anthropology.

  • http://twitter.com/slikid2 Jevad Jackson

    The showering together thing doesn’t work. We always end up in there longer than we would have individually even up added together. :)