Sustainable sex toys: F*ck yourself, not the planet
27 june ‘22
This article discusses sustainability in the realm of sex, specifically sustainable sex toys, that will not only spice up your life but also help our planet in doing so.
Words by Sophie Badaoui
Have you ever heard of sustainable sex toys or eco-friendly sex toys? More importantly, have you ever tried one of them? Historically, sex toys do not have the best record when it comes to sustainability as their environmental impact is hard to go unnoticed. As a matter of fact, most sex toys produced are made of plastic that comes from petroleum, and are difficult to recycle.
Those made of jelly rubber contain phthalates, which are extremely toxic for our marine ecosystems. Needless to say, the batteries used to power on your sex toy, vibrator or dildo, are disposable and tons of them end up polluting our landfills.
"Historically, sex toys do not have the best record when it comes to sustainability as their environmental impact is hard to go unnoticed"
“It is possible to be sustainable even when it comes to self gratification and sexual pleasure”
Moreover, sharing is caring, but not when it comes to sex toys! Unlike clothes, shoes and accessories, sex toys won’t appear in the list of items you could find at a thrift store, a swap event or a renting app. In fact, sex toys are one of the few things you can’t buy second hand. When you read the aforementioned reasons why sex toys are not sustainable, you might either think “screw the planet, I’m horny” and buy a new sex toy, or you might wonder whether it is actually possible to find sustainable sex toys out there and do your own little research. Well, rest easy, because Staiy is, once again, satisfying your needs (all of them, apparently!). Indeed, it is possible to be sustainable even when it comes to self gratification and sexual pleasure.
No, I’m not talking about your hand, although that might probably be the most natural, sustainable sex toy you could ever find! I’m talking about a market that is rapidly expanding, where there are many options of sustainable sex toys such as solar-powered vibrators, biodegradable sex toys, carbon neutral sex toys, vibrators made out of recycled materials, dildos made of natural materials such as wood, even a planting tree rabbit.
Among the many different options, here are Staiy’s top three sustainable sex toys:
Ranked as the number one sex toy brand in France and internationally recognized for its products’ effectiveness and success, Womanizer surprises us again with its fully biodegradable and recyclable Premium Eco sex toy, made of biolene, a biodegradable bioplastic. Just like the brand’s flagship model Premium, Premium Eco is USB-rechargeable, splashproof, has the same 12 intensity levels and the innovative Pleasure Air Technology. “Loving our planet can be orgasmic” indeed!
“Because sustainability is sexy”, Love Not War has created the world’s first range of sustainable vibrator sex toys. In fact, their vibrators are made of recycled aluminum and FDA grade-silicone. The small amount of plastic they use is recycled within their green energy-powered factory. Their vibrators’ packaging are also eco-friendly, as they are natural brown cupboards decorated with eco-friendly soy ink for the text and eco-friendly glue. Discover the many different modes and intensities of the Love Not War vibrators, one of the most sustainable sex toys you could find in the market!
You might have heard of and seen the famous rabbit as Charlotte York’s favorite sex toy on Sex and The City. If you noticed how addicted she became to this sex toy, you might be excited to know that this rabbit is not only on the market, but can now be sustainable. As the rabbit is a classic sex toy, there are many brands producing it, but our favorite must be SARO from the Natural Love Company. This rabbit is a must when it comes to sustainable sex toys. Made with body-safe silicone, it is waterproof, fully rechargeable, and presents 12 different vibration patterns.
Its packaging is fully recyclable, and its delivery is carbon negative! As part of the brand’s orgasms4oxygen scheme, for every purchase made, they plant a tree. If you throw in a review, they plant a second tree. The Natural Love Company is also powered by renewable energy and is a member of 1% for the planet.
H&M Autunm collection 2021
H&M Recycled collection
Those are only a few from the many available options in the emerging market of sustainable sex toys. Naturally, this article revealed three of the most famous sustainable sex toys as we know they can please almost everyone, but there are other, rare models of sustainable sex toys. For those of you who are into BDSM, fetishes or anything kinky, we invite you to explore the realm of sustainable sex shops (e.g. The Natural Love Company, Passage Du Désir, Natural Pleasures, Blush Love) where you could probably search for versatile ropes, upcycled rubber flogger, a vegan leather gear or biodegradable kegel balls.