I recently came across this article called Aussie ‘Eco-Sexuals’ Are Shunning Condoms To Save The Environment Amid STI Explosion which talks about the rising popularity of “ecosexuals” who are concerned with the environmental concerns of non-biogradable condoms and compares this trend to the rising numbers of people in Australian diagnoses with Sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
For me I think it’s so important we do find solutions to reduce our plastic consumption however when it comes to anything for medical or for hygiene purposes I believe we should be using top grade equipment that are mostly single use items for our safety and to avoid infection from unsterile products.
While there are other contraceptive options I also find it alarming promoting to move away from condoms because they are the only protective barriers we have to prevent BOTH unintended pregnancy and STIs!
I feel like there are heaps of other ways to reduce plastic waste before thinking about eliminating the use of condoms! I get that they’re a non-reusable plastic, but that’s for a reason! It’s great to be ecologically minded, but not at the expense of something as important as health.
Perhaps ones day there will be a condom that’s better for the environment (I know vegan ones already exist).