How Green Are Your Sex Toys?

| 3/25/2008 5:11:24 PM

Forget hot wax and nipple clamps. The darkest and most twisted examples of sadomasochism are found under beds and in sock drawers the world over. Consider the phthalates-rich butt plug, whose toxins are slowly poisoning its user’s body via the holiest of holies. Or the discarded rubber dildo, buried in a landfill and contaminating the groundwater. These instruments of pleasure may in fact be causing environmental and biological pain, Molly Freedenberg writes for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. And while their actual impact may be overstated—especially in comparison to other harmful, more widely used items—its not difficult to play it safe and find these same items made from more eco-friendly (but no less user-friendly) materials, like the seaweed-based dildo created by Love Piece. Or get creative and make your own. Just don’t forget the sandpaper.

Morgan Winters

5/14/2009 11:46:57 AM

If you do own a jelly toy that you suspect contains phthalates you can protect yourself by covering it with a latex condom. When you do decide to replace it, stick with "green" materials that don't harbor chemical residue like pyrex glass sex toys, medical grade silicone and food-grade vinyl. is a good source for eco-friendly products.

3/29/2008 9:24:24 AM

Don't forget that you should also recycle your old sex toys rather than just throwing them away. My company (LoveHoney) in the UK has a recycling program for old vibrator. You can see the first tonne of them being recycled here: The workers at the recycling plant were surprised! Richard

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