Go green between the sheets with Eco-Sex
Stephanie Iris Weiss wants to green the way you get it on. <!–more–>
Her new book Eco-Sex is all about changing our bedroom habits to benefit the planet. And sure, it would be easy enough to giggle and dirty-pun our way through talking about Eco-Sex. (Okayfine, we did that here all day yesterday…and the raunch factor was way off the charts!) But instead, let’s put on our serious grown-up faces and take a look at the surprisingly significant impact that our sex lives have on the planet. Rubber condoms get flushed down toilets and end up polluting our oceans. Most personal lubricants are petroleum-based and laden with chemicals. Conventional sex toys contain toxic, carcinogenic plastic. Even our love symbols are eco-bummers — blood diamonds, dirty gold, long-stemmed roses grown with carcinogenic pesticides by underage field workers. What’s an Earth lover to do?
As a self-professed “ecosexual”, Weiss has plenty of sexy suggestions for hitting the sheets in a way that’s greener, cleaner, and healthier. She recommends using non-toxic phthalate-free sex toys and vegan condoms, wearing bamboo lingerie, sleeping on a mattress made of organic materials, cooking sustainable meals for your sweetheart, and replacing libido-boosting pharmaceuticals with organic aphrodisiacs like pumpkin seeds, oysters, and celery (yes, celery!), or tantric sex techniques.
Inspired by Eco-Sex, I did a quick web search and found that the business of organic orgasms is booming. Earth Erotics sells a dizzying array of toys, creams, erotica, even edible vegan body candles, all made from natural and non-toxic materials. There are a multitude of options for eco-contraception, and a growing number of women blogging their concerns about the effect of the birth control pill on their health and the planet. And even Time magazine is touting eco-friendly sex aids.
But as far as Weiss is concerned, there’s one Earth-friendly thing you can do under the covers that trumps all others, and that’s to avoid pregnancy:
129 million babies are born every year, and 76 million of these are from unintended pregnancies. 18 billion diapers are sold every year, and 90 percent end up in landfills. So you can screw in compact florescent bulbs ’til the organic cows come home, but if you forget contraception, you might as well take daily flights from New York to L.A. in your private jet while slurping down endangered-shark-fin soup. Your carbon legacy is a scary thing to contemplate: every child you have adds 9,441 metric tons of carbon dioxide to the planet. So consider adopting, having one fewer child, or not having children at all.
This is perhaps the least sexy and most controversial part of the book — and the most interesting. Weiss even makes the argument that adoption advocates and environmentalists should join forces, because their missions are so compatible.
What do you think? Would you have fewer children in order to be greener? Thinking about trying any of Weiss’s bedroom-greening tips? Are you ready to incorporate eco-sex into your love life?
Don’t take global warming lying down! Unless of course, that’s how you like it.