How to Have Dirty Sex but Still Keep it Clean

be sustainable even in the bedroom 

By Carissa Herb 

Most of us don’t enjoy having the sex talk with our parents, so we turn to our friends and the Internet for support. Unfortunately, most of the sex products we see in today's advertisements are made with harsh chemicals and materials. These unnatural products not only ruin Mother Earth, but seriously fuck up our body’s natural chemistry.

There have been complaints of allergic reactions to both the latex found in Trojan condoms, as well as to their lubricants. Sustain Natural is a fair-trade and organic company that has created condoms, clean up wipes, lube and bleach-free feminine hygiene products. This time it is meant to work with your body and not against it. There is a quick fix to the struggle to find a condom that does its job in more ways than one. The clean-up wipes also allow you to avoid using paper towels or tissues to clean up. If you don’t want to purchase the wipes you can always substitute with a towel or rag.


Obviously, the most sustainable way to have sex is to not have to use any condoms, but protection against STD’s and other infections are important when practicing safe sex and preventing unplanned pregnancy.

When it comes to sex toys, investing in quality products is ideal. Sex shops are usually selling single use gag products that are made from cheap silicon or plastic materials that again, put your body in contact with foreign bacteria that can lead to UTI’s or yeast infections- ruining the fun for everyone. Avoid buying products that you can’t trace back to the source and support those who are practicing ethical business methods. Unbound is a female founded sex toy company that creates quality products that will last longer than you and your partner’s orgasms.

Other obvious environmentally aware do nots of sex are to not have your ten-minute love making session while the shower is on. While we all love getting hot and steamy, standard shower heads output about 2.5gpm (gallons of water). Low flow shower heads use 2.0 gpm.

While we’re on the topic of water, when unused hormonal contraception pills get flushed down the toilet, even in our pee, it pollutes the water. Not to mention the waste that comes from the packaging. There are other options to the pill and the vaginal ring. Copper IUD’s are a non-hormonal method of birth control that are inserted by your doctor and last 12 years. You also don’t have to worry about any crazy hormonal side effects. As always be sure to choose the method that works best for you and your body.

Now don’t take my word for it go try for yourself.


Illustration by Nora Mitchell