If all goes well on Valentines day you may well be planning some intimate moments. Time to check out condoms.
Condoms come in the following materials….
Latex: made of latex rubber from rubber trees a natural and therefore biodegradable. Which has led to claims that that latex condoms are biodegradable. Which is hotly debated! Latex condoms contain addatives to make them (amongst other things) stronger. Many people say that even if they do eventually decompose, (not proven), it takes such a long time as to make any claims of biodegradability misleading. Certainly the anti-balloon camp do not consider latex balloons to be biodegradable despite what the balloon industry say. So, for the time being, lets leave latex on the shelf for further study.
Synthetic materials: polyisoprene, polyurethane and silicone. All of these are non- biodegradable materials.
Lambskin: sheeps intestines – no good for you vegans out there but definitely biodegradable.
Lets find out more
Here is some blurb from the British Condom shop about Trojan NaturaLambs, the make of lambskin condoms they sell
“These condoms are made from a natural membrane and while that may sound strange at first, they are one of the most comfortable, intimate, and largest condoms on the market. Most notable is their ability to transfer heat.
NaturaLamb condoms also have the exclusive Kling-Tite draw string at the base for added safety.
NOTE: These condoms do NOT protect against STDs, only unwanted pregnancy!”
I am sure the packaging will contain plastic elements but then so will all the others. This appears to be the best option for condoms you can compost. The next question is would you want to?
Lambskin condoms can be used with both water-based and oil-based lubricants. However most commercially produced lubricants come in plastic bottles and many contain paragons, a preservative that causes some people concern. If you want something completely natural, go for for coconut oil. If you like this blog you know we love coconut oil – but don’t take our word for it, read this is a great write up about coconut oil in the bedroom.
NB If you find the smell overwhelming you might like to buy an odourless coconut oil. In Yorkshire? – you can buy coconut oil here
If you want to go for a traditional product here’s a good write up on what is available in the world of lubricants.
Buy From Amazon
|Trojan Naturalamb Luxury Non Latex Condoms …
Made from sheeps intestines
|Biona Org Odourless Coconut Oil 610 ML x 1
Being committed to local shopping, I prefer to buy that way whenever possible. I would encourage you to do the same. One of the joys of living plastic free is mooching round the local shops seeing what you can source. But sometimes you can’t buy local so I have put together an Amazon catalogue.
Yes we do get an affiliation fee for this, and no we are not entirely happy with Amazons recent history. However, we have always found their service to be good and their packaging usually compostable.