Healthy Sex Toys

| 7/8/2011 5:03:00 PM

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Could your dildo be dangerous? Many sex toys contain toxic chemicals, including plasticizers that can lead to infertility, hormone imbalances, and other health problems. In Germany, the Green Party is making moves to clean up the country’s goodie drawers.

The party has reason for concern. “Phthalates and other plasticizers are highly regulated in children’s toys,” reports Jess Zimmerman for Grist, “but adult toys—which are, after all, designed to get all up in your mucus membranes—can have all the plasticizers they want.”

The German Greens demand that their government come up with a plan of action to protect its citizens—20 percent of whom report using sex toys—from the toxic plasticizers in dildos and vibrators, says Spiegel, and they have published a paper called “Sexual Health as a Consumer Protection Issue” to outline the issue. Thus far, the German Ministry for Food, Agriculture, and Consumer Protection has offered few concrete solutions. In fact, it refuses to even use concrete terms like “dildo” or vibrator,” referring only to “erotic items.”

There are a handful of non-toxic, green-focused sex-toy shops in the United States, with the Smitten Kitten—based in Minneapolis, but with a healthy online presence—at the forefront. Owner Jennifer Pritchett is working to make sex toys safe for all. She says:

The Smitten Kitten is proud to say that we pioneered the eco-friendly and non-toxic movement in the adult retail industry. In 2003 we were first ever non-toxic sex-toy shop. Likewise, we founded the first ever community advocacy organization and adult industry education organization, The Coalition Against Toxic Toys. [The Smitten Kitten is] a big part of my life and an ever growing positive influence on the sexual health and vitality of our community as a whole.

So, before you get up close and personal with a new “erotic item,” consider the manufacturing methods and materials used. Go green, then go wild.

10/18/2011 3:34:09 PM

This is a great post indeed. We also carry those eco-friendly sex toys in our store. They are really great and good for your health. Visit to see the complete list.

7/18/2011 11:34:44 PM

And no mention of GLASS or Metal... I absolutely love my glass toys! Glass and metal toys are safe! Another option is that you can use a "safe" condom on your toy. Condoms are part of the same issue. I went looking for a latex, lubricant, and spermicide free condom and found ONE that most stores don't even carry. And they are more than twice the price of the others.

David Kimball
7/18/2011 7:05:43 PM

This article is a waste. It captivates one's attention by discussing what many people do and have. Then it introduces the fear factor. But it gives no way of judging the amount of fear which one should have. So it is saying to everyone - "Be afraid. Be very afraid". How much toxicity is included in these toys? Why doesn't the article say? How likely is it that harm will come to someone? Why doesn't the article say? Fear is a great sensationalizer for journalists to grab the attention in an unwarrented fashion. Shame on Utne for including an article based on sensationalist fear like this.

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