What if, without realizing it, making love participated in screwing up the climate at the same time as nature? The problem would not come from the exchange of bodily fluids between consenting people, but from certain accessories and products supposed to help us get off… even when we are not very flexible. I’m not telling you the galley especially if you’re in a relationship with an eco-friendly.
1. Single-use condoms… and non-recyclable
- 1 1. Single-use condoms… and non-recyclable
- 2 2. Lubricants derived from petrochemicals
- 3 3. Sopalin pollution
- 4 4. Making love pollutes the air with the CO2 released
- 5 5. Having children has a bigger carbon footprint than driving a car
- 6 6. Porn sites generate as much CO2 as all French households
- 7 7. The soft recycling of sex toys
- 8 8. The contraceptive pill would also prevent fish from reproducing
10 billion is the number of male condoms produced in the world each year. Compounds for the most part based on latex mixed with other chemical products to increase our personal pleasure (strawberry taste, luminescent etc.), the condoms are not biodegradable and end their race for the most part at the bottom of landfills. A good reason to “get” vegan condoms guaranteed 100% natural rubber.
2. Lubricants derived from petrochemicals
Take for example the best known of lubricants: Vaseline. This elixir of love is more commonly called by industrialists and chemists “petroleum jelly”! To avoid spreading the private parts with black gold, it is possible to turn to so-called “natural” lubricants such as coconut oil… or stuff sold for a fortune based on… water!
3. Sopalin pollution
Paper towels are a faithful ally of our legs in the air, or wandering hands, making us potential polluters. It is thus nearly 2 kilos of sopalins that are tossed in the trash by one person each year! Soiled with shameful materials, these sheets are difficult to recycle and even have a tendency to clog the pipes when they are thrown into the WC. A piece of advice: don’t… use it. In addition, there are plenty of less polluting alternatives.
4. Making love pollutes the air with the CO2 released
Even if sexual performance varies according to individuals, we often read that making love for 30 minutes would be equivalent to running for 15 minutes on average. An effort that would represent a little less than 103.5 g of Co2 released into the air, against only 4g if we had remained cushy in front of our favorite series. Do not panic, the impact of these Co2 emissions on the environment remains anecdotal and should not serve as an excuse for you to dodge future libidinous advances from your partner: “sorry bb heart love, I don’t want to pollute tonight”…
5. Having children has a bigger carbon footprint than driving a car
In case you didn’t know, having kids isn’t green. A study recently calculated that not having children would save 11.9 tons of Co2 each year! By way of comparison, living without a car would reduce CO2 emissions by only 3.2 tonnes/year. Conclusion: make love or drive, you have to choose!
6. Porn sites generate as much CO2 as all French households
Online porn alone generates 82 megatons of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent of CO2 emissions from the French residential sector! Pollution mainly due to the energy consumption of the data centers on which the videos circulate and are hosted. The only solution: limit your consumption of porn on the internet, or at least reduce the quality of the image to reduce the amount of data uploaded.
7. The soft recycling of sex toys
In addition to being polluting (because of the presence of phthalates), the problem with sex toys is that we get tired of them quickly and we are often tempted to try the latest novelty, as we would rush to buy a new iPhone! Unfortunately, recycling channels are underdeveloped in France, apart from the one set up by the Passage du Désir love stores. As for the second-hand market, no one would have been interested in it yet…
8. The contraceptive pill would also prevent fish from reproducing
Several studies have found traces of female hormones from pills in water around the world. These estrogen derivatives would affect biodiversity by modifying the ability of fish to reproduce, thereby destroying the entire balance of the marine ecosystem.