The earth is hot. Eco sex is hotter.
What does it mean to have eco sex? You may have heard one of Jonny’s mantras, “Be good to Mother Nature”. Well, eco sex is based off exactly that: ensuring we look after and respect our planet by making eco-friendly choices wherever and whenever possible, including in the bedroom.
So, what are some conscious ways we can reduce our footprint in the bedroom? Here are some ideas on how you can bring sustainability in between the sheets (whilst sporting your birthday suit, obviously).
I’ll wash your back if you wash mine. That’s how the saying goes, right? Reduce water usage and participate in eco sex by showering with your partner. It’s not only a super water-saving tip but it’s also super sexy. Other benefits to showering with your partner include:
Once you’re done getting down and dirty - that is, washing your body clean with your shower pal, ensure you wrap up your shower time as quickly as possible. While we are a big fan of impromptu hot, steamy encounters, shower sex isn’t the most eco-friendly choice when it comes to household spaces we can get it on in.
On the topic of temperature, make sure you don’t have scalding hot showers either. Think warm but not too hot, or if you are a bit of an eco-warrior, try a cold shower, which also has its health benefits.
Once you’ve finished up showering together, head on over to the bedroom, where you’ll set the mood with your bedside candle. Just another romantic way to bring more sustainability into the bedroom and do eco sex the right way. Reducing artificial light may also improve your sleep since bright lights suppress melatonin, the hormone your brain produces to help you sleep.
When choosing a candle, it’s essential to look at the ingredients, as most candles contain paraffin, which is made from fossil fuels that are not only unsustainable but also bad for your health and home. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but your household candles may be filling the air with toxic emissions and carcinogenic smoke without you even realising.
What are the most eco-friendly options, then? Candles with waxes made from natural (beeswax) or renewable resources (vegetable-based waxes or soy) are generally the healthier and more environmentally friendly alternatives. Here is a guide to buying eco-friendly candles that are safer for you and our planet!
One of the biggest threats to our environment is overpopulation, which means whenever possible, preventing unplanned pregnancies will benefit our planet greatly, thus reducing our footprint (and the demand for the dreaded minivan)!
Generally, condoms are not the most eco-friendly product, although some brands (like Jonny) have made it their mission to stay as natural as possible, which is better for our bodies and nature.
Condoms are conventionally made from latex or polyurethane, a plastic found in paints and varnishes, which as you can guess, is not good for the environment. Jonny on the other hand is made from natural latex, originating from the rubber plant, which does break down over time, compared to the non-latex versions that don't break down.
People are still flushing condoms down the toilet too (we know, it’s shocking). Lucky for you, each Jonny condom comes with an eco-friendly bag for easy, discreet disposal, helping to prevent condoms from ending up in our waterways. Be a lover, not a flusher and choose Jonny for your eco-friendly got-to condom (and your best eco sex friend).
Design and performance are simply not enough anymore. The sustainability of the materials, packaging and how it is made is becoming a non-negotiable for those looking to add to their bedside eco sex toy collection.
Luckily there are now a number of options on the market for eco-friendly sex toys, making sustainable bedroom fun that much more accessible. Our favourite brands pioneering eco-friendly sex toys are Normal, Lovehoney, The Natural Love Company and Nudie.co.
A reminder that using a condom every time you have sex - including when this involves sex toys - is one of the most effective ways to practice safe sex.
As you may know, we are big fans of lube over here at Jonny–the natural kind, that is. We believe it’s important to know what we put into our bodies and what we put out into the environment. Is it recyclable, natural, or vegan? Is it petrochemical, glycerine, and paraben-free?
Our demands for more sustainability in the bedroom are being met with more chemical-free pleasure options. A few natural water-based brands we love and trust are Bonk Lube and Lucy Lube. You’ll feel even better about sliding into action with something that is free of chemical nasties, better for your body, and safer for the environment.
Not sure where to start with the best personal lube for your eco sex endeavours? Start here.
We have thought about everything in between the sheets, but what about the sheets themselves? Sustainable bed sheets generally look like: chemical and cruelty-free manufactured, biodegradable, certified organic, fair-trade, natural fibres, and zero plastic packaging.
So just how toxic are regular bed sheets? Currently, around 70% of manufacturers put toxins in their bedsheets, containing harmful ingredients like formaldehyde, AZO dyes, Alidicarb, and Parathion. Here are some brands fighting for sustainability with naturally safer bed sheet options – Bed Threads, Sheet Society and Eco Down Under. Do better in bed and participate in eco sex by buying eco-friendly sheets!
Eco-conscious means to be as environmentally conscious as possible - to live and act in ways that honour, love, and preserve what our mama (nature) gave us. This is our philosophy here at Jonny, which is why we’ve created a condom that is more eco-friendly than conventional condoms:
**Jonny's foil wrapper is an element of our packaging that can't be avoided; by law, all condoms must be wrapped in foil, which is not biodegradable**