Sex. One of the most natural things in the world, yet we’ve somehow found a way to make it detrimental on mother nature herself. Not only that, but we’ve dicked ourselves a bit too (pun intended), as a lot of our favourite sexual staples aren’t too great for our own health either. We spoke to the girls at HANX who are creating condoms with a conscience…

With the growth of veganism, the anti-plastic movement, and awareness of global warming, we are seeing a rise in conscientious consumerism, largely in our eating, travel and fashion choices. With an increasing awareness of these it’s only natural that people turn their attention to other products inside their home, starting with the products they put on and in their bodies.”- Emma Holmes, Brand Executive, HANX

What’s the beef?

Most condoms aren’t vegan…they’re produced using casein, a milk protein that is ingested by the vagina. If you’re not vegan, you probably don’t see the issue here, but ingestion of casein can also lead to allergic reactions in people who are lactose intolerant.

Most condoms end up in landfill…even though latex is a natural material, made from the sap of rubber trees, it is incredibly slow to decompose, causing them to sit in landfills.

Non-latex condoms are even worse…made from polyurethane, a plastic and therefore non-biodegradable.

The most environmentally friendly condoms are made from lambskin…they only protect against pregnancy, not STD’s, and being made from sheep’s intestines means that they’re not suitable for vegetarians, let alone vegans.

Some condoms are carcinogenic…when manufacturing condoms, liquid latex is heated up to a point at which it becomes a solid, a process that naturally produces a class of carcinogenic chemicals, called nitrosamines, from their latex.

So, what can we do about it? Luckily for mother nature, and us tree huggers, there are companies out there who want to save the planet one shag at a time and we gave one of them a go.

HANX are a sustainable condom brand who make male condoms with women in mind. When I first opened my delivery of HANX condoms, I was amazed at how gorgeous they were. The white and gold packaging is sleek, elegant and makes you feel like a boujiee bitch.

When we got around to trying them out, I was fucking elated not to be hit with that overwhelmingly pongy rubber smell that stinks out the room whenever you open normal condoms.

They smell fresh and clean with no underlying rubber smell at all. PRAISE THE LORD. They’re clear coloured, easy to put on and pretty true to size. I’ve always been susceptible to that burning feeling from normal condoms that would leave me with a reaction for hours after.

These, however, feel so much smoother. I haven’t experienced any burning from them and have reached orgasm every time we’ve used them (6 times now I think).

Whenever I used condoms in the past, I’d accept the fact there was no chance of me cumming before we even started fucking. I’m not on contraception, I rely completely on logging my temperature everyday to track my fertility.

So, when I’m fertile, I rely on condoms to prevent an unwanted pregnancy occurring which isn’t great when most condoms cause me to have a negative reaction.

The first time we used it, the condom got stuck in my vagina a bit at the end, but I think that was mostly due to my muscles contracting when I came and how wet I was. It hasn’t happened since so I don’t think it was anything to do with the condom.

But yeah, I’m pretty chuffed now that I’ve found condoms that feel great, smell great and don’t kill my vegan vibes or the environment!

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PLEASE REMEMBER: Although we’ve outlined some of the negative effects of condoms, we also want to emphasise the importance of using condoms regardless of the effects. If you’re in a position where you can give sustainable condoms a go, then that’s brilliant! But we’re aware that not everyone will have this access, so we want to stress that preventing STD’s and unwanted pregnancies is more important than whether or not a condom is sustainable. The power is in our hands to make a positive difference in all aspects of our life, let’s utilise it!

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