Green Your Contraceptives

Green Your Contraceptives

Amber Byfield
Aug 20, 2010

It's a part of life for so many of us, but seems like one that rarely sees the light of eco-consciousness (maybe because folks shy away from talking about it). In any case, here's a short new list that may put your contraceptive method in perspective—especially for the hundred-million women worldwide who turn to the pill as their preferred birth control.

Over at the Huffington Post, we saw this list about birth control methods and their impact on the environment.

Turns out the Pill, as so many affectionally call it, may be the worst contraceptive for the planet. Mainly, we found ourselves concerned when we read about hormones leaching into the water system, not to mention most packs come with their own superfluous packaging.

Speaking of packaging, run-of-the-mill condoms aren't so green either. But there are earth-friendly condoms out there, like the vegan, all-natural ones from Glyde America.

The most eco-friendly way to family-plan, according to the Huffington Post? The Intrauterine Device (IUD), which produces very little waste and can be in place for up to a decade.

Read more about contraceptives and their environmental impact here.

Related:
Greening Our Habits: Or In This Case, Ladies, Necessities
Greening Our Habits, Revisited
Hey, Even Vibrators Need to Be Recycled!

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