Green options are flooding the markets in almost every arena. Manufacturers of household products, appliances, entertainment equipment and others have all recognized the “green” niche that people are seeking — and willing to pay for. But now, going green is about to get personal. When focusing on personal care products, what topic could possibly be more… well, stimulating, than promoting sexual health? Coupled with the fact that some of today’s stores offer more eco-friendly products that promote sexual health as well as sustainable practices, such a topic certainly needs to be addressed. What follows is an introduction to some of today’s eco-friendly products coupled with an analysis of exactly how they are (or are not) perceived as green. When it comes to your love life, no one wants to ruin the mood — or the earth — with improper products. That’s why there are companies like Good Clean Love that offer some good clean schwag. This company operates by adhering to its motto of “making love sustainable.” Just like your local auto mechanic, Good Clean Love knows that to operate at peak performance a machine has to be well oiled. For that reason, it offers lubricants that are water-based instead of the typical petroleum-based stuff. In fact, according to its website, the “majority of personal lubricants on the market are made with petrochemicals and preserved with methyl and propyl parabens.” But, Good Clean Love gives you a choice of products that are organic and made using only natural ingredients that “not only feel good, but are good for you.” But, while Good Clean Love is doing well and fine, the truth is that lotions, potions and oils aren’t the best way to save the world when making love, not war. When issues of over consumption and overpopulation are on the collective nerves of the world, quite possibly the greenest act someone can do is choose green contraceptives. That being said, simply using condoms isn’t the only green choice to make. The No. 1 condom in America, Trojan, is manufactured right here in the good old USA. Based in Princeton, NJ, Church & Dwight Co., Inc., which manufactures the Trojan brand, shucks the tradition of outsourced labor. This effectively eliminates the tons of carbon dioxide released when transporting a product from Thailand or India — where some other popular brands of condoms are made. Additionally, condom boxes are recyclable, so there isn’t much material that gets tossed. But, Trojan isn’t the only homegrown condom company. Situated in the green mecca of America, Kimono Condoms makes its home in Berkeley, CA. If in the western half of the United States, it might behoove a green-thinking condom buyer to purchase the nearest option. Kimono Condoms are made from natural latex tapped from rubber trees nightly. Again, less material equals less waste, and closer is better in terms of getting the product from the factory to you. All in all, being eco-friendly isn’t always an easy choice, but hopefully the information above sheds some light on the fact that most products can be critically examined in a green light. And, thanks to companies like the ones mentioned here, people are now given the opportunity to make going green that much more pleasurable.
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Going green is about to get personal.