1. Know how your condom was made. First things first: If you want to use a condom, you should 100 percent use a condom, no matter what kind it is. Being protected and safe is the most responsible thing you can do for your sex life. But that being said, it’s important to keep in mind that not all condom companies are created equally.
When manufacturing condoms, liquid latex is heated up to a point at which it becomes solid, a process that naturally produces a class of carcinogenic chemicals called nitrosamines. However, not all condom companies actively remove nitrosamines from their latex. And while there are no immediate health risks to using a normal condom, it’s not a bad idea to decrease your exposure to these chemicals.
But again, don’t take this as a sign to skip the condom next time you want have some fun. As Singer says, “[This] shouldn’t deter people from using condoms. It should just help them make more educated choices.”
2.Buy sustainable condoms.
3.Dispose of your condoms in a responsible way. “Condoms produce waste, but I think that form of waste is more responsible than having an unwanted child or an unwanted STD,” Singer says. But if it bothers you to be creating more trash, remember latex condoms are made of rubber, a natural material. This means that technically they’re biodegradable and can be composted . However, it can take quite a while to compost condoms, and according to Singer, it needs be done yourself, not through commercial composting.
So if you’re not completely sold on the idea of composting your own rubbers (TBH, I don’t blame you), just wrap up your condom in a bit of toilet paper, paper towel, or any other biodegradable material, and place it in the garbage. And never ever flush your condom down the toilet. Ever.
4.Use non-petroleum based lubricant.
Lube! Great for sex! Not always great for the environment. When looking for a personal lubricant, it’s important to steer clear of anything petroleum-based since petroleum extraction can lead to oil spills, water waste, and the release of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
5. Clean up with a wash cloth.
If you’re going to clean up after sex, avoid using any sort of disposable wipe and go for a wash cloth instead. A lot of “flushable” wipes are actually horrible for the environment and often clog water systems . So clean up using reusable towels, and yes, it all washes off when you wash it.