With STIs and unplanned pregnancies on the rise, making sure your Johnson is wrapped up before engaging in any bedroom related activity is imperative. While normally not picky about my brand of condom, I’ve recently discovered this is a major concern when it comes to dating a vegan.
As we are all aware vegans love to tell you they are vegan and how they are helping to save the world with their efforts, and when you date one it’s an everyday occurrence. What you’re probably not aware of is this also extends to the bedroom.
No, I’m not talking about 'not eating meat between the sheets'. I'm talking about how standard condoms purchased at the supermarket don’t cut it with a vegan. It was news to me when my kale eating, green smoothie drinking companion informed me that many major brand condoms aren’t vegan-friendly. Most latex products contain casein, a product made from curdled milk, making them 'not kosher' for animal fans.
Since being alerted to this, I’ve gone down the contraceptive product rabbit hole and found a number of cruelty-free sex-related products on the market.
Sustain is an American brand started by a father-daughter team who sell a wide range of products from vegan condoms through to organic cotton pads. While selling contraceptives and pads is probably a strange way to bond with your daughter, we already new vegans were weird, and the products are great. Glyde is another certified ethical, vegan and fair trade condom brand that offer condoms in various sizes and flavours as well as vegan lubricants and dams. Or there’s Sir Richard’s, a vegan certified and PETA approved brand with a great selection of not only condoms, but also vibrators, butt plugs,cock rings and other assorted products. Now you can save the world by shoving something up your arse. What a time to be alive.
If you’re after something a little closer to home that won’t take weeks to turn up, then you can’t go past Johnny.
Created by three female friends, the idea for Johnny was born out of the lack of organic condom options in Australia and the embarrassing experiences they’ve all had purchasing a standard franger from the local chemist. Not only are they vegan-friendly, but the condoms all come with bio-degradable bags to dispose of them once used, with $1 from every pack donated to i+Change, an organisation which helps a wide range of women’s charities.
Although most companies are marketed towards women, the likes of Sir Richard’s are doing their best to appeal to animal loving males who prefer a salad over a steak. If you're a meat eater with a vegan partner, just think about it as getting runs on the board before you even begin.
So if you find yourself with a vegan partner who refuses to use standard protection there’s no cause for concern, there are plenty of organic alternatives available to make sure you’re still getting your end away while also looking out for the environment.