The following is a guest post by Kim Derby of Ecosalon.
Once upon a time, sex was a word whispered rather than the topic of college courses and front page news. Im comfortable with it, as you could surmise from my passionate case for saving the planet by having more sex. We could discuss the pros and cons of the sexing of our culture, ad infinitum. But the fact remains, sex isnt going anywhere, so we might as well deal with it (or in my case, encourage it) in the greenest, safest way possible.
Which brings me to toys. Sex toys, that is. Theyre everywhere and many of them are green, meaning free of toxins like phthalates and PVCs. Although the sex toy industry in the U.S. is not regulated, some manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to start phasing out the use of these toxic materials. Instead theyre making toys with hypo-allergenic thermoplastic elastomer. Say that three times fast. Other non-porous, eco-materials to look for are stainless steel, glass, ceramic and silicone -- all friendly to you and the environment.
Here are the best green sex toys that will help the planet.
Theres the Laya Spot, which should hit all the rightspots with its 3 buzz levels. Waterproof and made of elastomer, you cant help but appreciate the Laya Spots ergonomic design and quiet hummmm. Plus its travel-friendly at 4 1⁄4 x 1 1⁄2. Find it at Babeland for $48. Youll need two AAA batteries so why not invest in a solar powered battery re-charger?
For the sleek and sophisticated eco-goddess, try the Little Steel Vibrator with the not-so-little agenda. This slim stainless steel toy (5 long, 5/8 diameter) is phthalate free, waterproof and comes with a fabric traveling sleeve. Settings go from mild vibrations along the wand to a more intense vibration at the tip. Available for $195 at Good Vibrations.
The name says it all. Sinful Intensity is the rechargeable silicone vibrator with a min-joystick that controls speed and pulsing patterns. It comes with a docking station -- charge it right next to your iPhone -- and is available at Good Vibrations for $149.
Anyone opposed to a little Afternoon Delight? A best-seller at Babeland, the Delight vibrator hones in on all your points of pleasure. Its 32 speeds should keep you busy from afternoon well into evening, and if you accidentally leave it out, its sleek design could pass for a piece of sculpture. Re-chargeable, water-resistant and phthalate-free, find it in black/white at Babeland for $130.
Form 6 could be a programming code or a next generation of software, but never fear, were still talking toys. The Form 6 vibrating massager is versatile and very advanced with digital vibration modes from gentle to exhilarating. Made of body and environmentally safe materials, its quiet, travel-ready, water-resistant and easy to operate. It comes with a cordless recharging lithium-ion battery and is available at Jimmyjane for $175.
And now for something completely decadent. The Little Platinum everlasting vibrator runs on Jimmyjanes patented, replaceable motor system ($35) and is made of yes, platinum. Further proof that going green doesnt mean going cheap or chintzy in bed. If $395 is out of your sex-toy budget, try the Little Gold at $325 -- both are sleek, silent and waterproof at Jimmyjane.
Its official -- there are sexy situations where wed prefer not to cut corners on the way to green. Lets thank the eco-angels above we wont have to.
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