Do condoms biodegrade, and how can I responsibly discard used condoms?

Do condoms biodegrade, and how can I responsibly discard used condoms?

It’s Friday night. Your salted caramel soy wax candle is burning. Your recycled lace bodysuit is lying on the floor. Your D.A.T.E. is in the bed. It’s going well. He gets up and walks to the toilet, condom in hand. Time stands still.

Let’s talk about sex(ual destruction), baby

Generally, condoms are not environmentally-friendly.

According to BBC Future, around 30 billion condoms are sold around the world each year. Considering that most of these are either flushed down the toilet or sent to landfill, this is so not fab for our environment.

Condoms are conventionally made from latex or polyurethane, a plastic found in paints and varnishes, and these are about as good for the planet as pineapple is on pizza. Translation: not very. 

Although latex does eventually break down over time, this process can be delayed depending on the condom. Polyurethane, on the other hand, does not biodegrade. What’s more is not even the natural latex condoms break down in water, which ultimately has detrimental effects on our waterways and the little fishies that call them home.

Breakin’ it down

“If only there was a natural, vegan condom brand that cared as much about the environment as it did for my sexual health.”

Never fear, Jonny is here! 

Jonny’s vegan condoms are made from a natural latex, and are free from spermicides, palm oils and other nasties. They’re also a heck of a lot more eco-friendly than your conventional condom offerings.

Condoms are single use, even the natural condoms. There’s no if’s and butt’s (ha) about it. However, there’s a growing number of brands (oh, that’s Jonny!) that are creating condoms from more eco-friendly materials, and that are also helping consumers to practice more environmentally-safe sex.

Every Jonny vegan condom comes with a fab little biodegradable bag for you to consciously dispose of your condom in without harming the environment. These bags are partly made from sustainable materials (70% plant-based renewable sources and 30% recycled plastic, to be exact), and will biodegrade in landfill within 12 months.

Latex condoms will eventually break down over time, and through encouraging environmentally and personally responsible sex, as well as with the help of the biodegradable bags, Jonny is making sure that the natural latex condoms are one of the most safe and sustainable ways you can enjoy sex.

Be a lover, not a flusher

Responsible, safe sex is (obviously) a thing, but this can extend to outside of the bedroom, too. Ensuring you responsibly dispose of your condoms post-coitus is one of the best things you can do as a sexually active being to keep the environment clean.

So please, for the love of Britney Spears and Häagen-Dazs ice cream, do not flush your condoms down the toilet. Remember that magical little bag we spoke about that comes with your Jonny vegan condoms? Chuck your used condom in there, pop it in the bin, and let it safely ferry the product of your hot passionate night to landfill, where with the help of the little magic bag, it will ultimately decompose.

Oh, and if your condom has been kept in a hot place (aka, wallets and cars), is punctured or leaking, is sticky or stiff, or if your condom has expired - as all condoms do within three to five years - dispose of it thoughtfully. Condoms that fit this criteria can be much less effective at preventing STDs and pregnancies. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

Try Jonny out for size if you feel so inclined. 

Get by with a little help from our friends

Lucy and Bonk, to be exact.

Our Lucy Lube is not like the other lubes: she’s an Australian-made, pH friendly, vegan, petrochemical, glycerine, and paraben-free eco-friendly lube that exists solely to make sex funner (and safer). 

Bonk Lube is a water-based, eco-friendly personal lubricant that enhances sex and sensitivity (without the use of chemicals); is 100% natural, moisturing and safe; is BioGro Certified Organic; is Glycerine-free (no Thrush here); and is pH balanced to protect from bacterial and fungal infections. In other words, it’s the lube of your life.

Conventional lubes can contain a cocktail of not-so-nice ingredients, including petroleum (a fossil fuel), glycerin (a liquid used in burn and wound treatments), parabens (preservatives that can disrupt hormone function) and Nonoxynol-9 (a spermicide that can irritate the vagina). Dunno about you, but we know which personal lubricant we’d rather near our hoo-hah.

It’s still Friday evening. You grab the fab little biodegradable bag from the drawer. All is right in the world (and in the bedroom).



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