Today is World AIDS Day – which we see as a beautiful reminder to unite people and the planet worldwide in the fight against HIV. Have you ever heard of vegan condoms? Then let us introduce you to what vegan condoms are, their benefits, and our favorite vegan condom brands.
But First, What’s Vegan Again?
For starters, being vegan means to stick to a plant-based lifestyle. Vegans do not consume animal products, including meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, leather, fur, silk, feathers etc. OR products that contain animal-derived substances. This means that vegan products are free of animal (by-)products and do not harm animals during production e.g. animal testing.
What’s A Vegan Condom?
Most condoms are made of latex which is a fluid harvested from rubber trees. So basically all latex condoms could very well be vegan, right? – Not really. Here comes the non-vegan part: to soften the latex during the rubber-making process, regular condoms use the milk protein casein. Vegan condoms replace casein with plant-based alternatives such as thistle extract.
Benefits Of Vegan Condoms
If you think vegan condoms are solely for vegans, think again: vegan condoms are a healthy and sustainable alternative to regular condoms. Unlike most regular condoms, vegan condoms have many benefits for your body, animals, people, and the environment.
“There’s growing environmental awareness but does that mean everyone wants to know if their condom is vegan? – No. Everyone is thinking about the ingredients in their food and their makeup, but no one is thinking about the ingredients that go in the products they put in the most intimate parts of our body.”MEIKA HOLLENDER, CO-FOUNDER OF SUSTAIN (NEW YORK TIMES)
1. Health ?
Vegan condoms don’t use harmful chemicals* which can cause yeast infections, irritations & other health problems. Instead, vegan condom brands opt for natural & plant-based ingredients e.g. pure silicone oil for lubricants or organic, food-safe vegetable/fruit extracts for colored & flavored condoms.
*such as nitrosamines, spermicide, paragons, benzocaine, petroleum, nonoxynol-9, paraben or glycerin
2. Animal Welfare ?
Vegan condoms only use plant-based ingredients and do not test on animals. Moohoo!
3. Environment ♻️
Vegan condoms are made of natural rubber latex from sustainably grown forests.
4. Fairtrade ?
Vegan condom brands pay their farmers and factory workers a fair living wage and make them work under healthy conditions. Vegan condoms still cost about the same as regular condoms.
5 Vegan Condom Brands We Love:
So what do you think, are you down to try vegan condoms? Stay healthy, surprise your lover, and collect some karma points. – You can thank us later 😉