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Old July 28th, 2007, 12:11 AM   #1
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Default [Health] Biodegradable (latex) condoms

Has anyone here tried biodegradable condoms? I'm planning an article about them and have a few questions.

I'm wondering if there's a way one can tell they're allergic to latex before using latex condoms? If latex doesn't affect one part of a person's body, can it still affect their genetalia?

I see that latex, vegan condoms are now offered on this site. I'm going to try and find out if they're biodegradable, too...

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Old August 12th, 2007, 04:59 PM   #2
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Condomi condoms from Germany are touted as biodegradable. (Although, I can't see why all latex condoms would not degrade over time, seeing as how we're supposed to keep from from getting hot or smashed, or using old ones, because latex degrades and weakens over time and with heat.) You can't get Condomis in the states, though. They're not approved by the FDA, which has a ton of red tape in regards to "medical devices" getting registered.

I sell Glyde vegan latex condoms, by the way, and I can't see why they *wouldn't* be considered bodegradable.

As for allergies, I don't know how one goes about finding out if they are allergic to latex. Perhaps ask a local clinic to give you a glove or a condom and try them on non-genital parts of your skin? Does anyone here have a latex allergy that they can tell us about?
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Old August 20th, 2007, 09:40 PM   #3
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I am allergic to different plastics when wet but not latex. I would try the latex on your skin wet because that is how its probably going to be when its in contact with your genitals. Usually allergy tests are done on the inside of the forearm.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 11:16 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone for your help!
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Old September 16th, 2007, 10:13 PM   #5
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BTW, my interest in this comes from an article I read (at TreeHugger, I believe) about condoms that make their way to oceans/lakes via stormdrains (or even by being flushed down toilets) and kill aquatic life. I don't think condoms that are left on land (e.g., up in the mountains) are good for the environment either, unless they're biodegradable.

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Old March 16th, 2008, 03:18 PM   #6
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Hmm, when I think about Glyde, it's the ONLY condom out there that I find vegan so far. (Though I recall the female condom called Reality, and it numbed my crotch slightly the one time I had one. because I recalled there was some sort of..stuff in there that would trigger it.)

I'm really not sure if other places in Canada (I'm in one of the Western Provinces), would have Glyde. Then again, from where I am, I'll easily have access since there is a retail distributor here. (Haven't checked yet, as I am prudish at the moment. Hahah)

What worries me right now, I mean since Glyde isn't the majority, and someone like me..uhh. Once I end up with a partner someday, it might end up being sex once or twice a day. And I worry about wasting condoms. Hence reducing the supply. Then again, as they say, "supply and demand" might trigger something.

But I dislike using up so much, and not only that, Glyde is from Australia, and where the latex comes from (rubber trees I recall), yeah. I guess I'm merely uncertain and worried at this point, how my "consumer" attitude would affect these things. I'm really a total business novice. And would live my life without money nor draconian BS laws.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 12:55 PM   #7
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What worries me right now, I mean since Glyde isn't the majority, and someone like me..uhh. Once I end up with a partner someday, it might end up being sex once or twice a day. And I worry about wasting condoms. Hence reducing the supply. Then again, as they say, "supply and demand" might trigger something.

But I dislike using up so much, and not only that, Glyde is from Australia, and where the latex comes from (rubber trees I recall), yeah. I guess I'm merely uncertain and worried at this point, how my "consumer" attitude would affect these things. I'm really a total business novice. And would live my life without money nor draconian BS laws.

Well, as I've always said, the most eco-friendly option for birth control is sterilization. Of course, that's only a great option if you're in a monogamous relationship and you've definitely decided on being childfree (or are done having children). I got fixed in 2006, and I was really pleased to stop taking hormonal birth control pills.

Glyde's latex is grown in Malaysia. If you're concerned about the environmental issue of shipping distances, I feel you, but as far as I'm aware, all latexes are coming from faraway tropical regions where the rubber trees grow. (Which I think is mostly South East Asia.) Any latex condom you buy is going to have a lot of transport miles already attached to it, and there's no easy way out of that one.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 11:52 AM   #8
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There's mention mention of Glyde condoms at Tree Hugger:

http://green.msn.com/Green-Living/Ho...Your-Sex-Life/

Although, the article is inconclusive about whether or not Glyde or any condoms are really biodegradable. A spokesperson for Condomi told me that their biodegradable condoms completely broke down after sitting in a compost for some months. The same should be tried with Glyde (but probably not in a compost pile that'll be used for food plants).
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