With the advent of the current green trend, did you ever wonder about the toxins in your sex toys? By the way, I’m hoping that this is not merely an organic trend or the politically correct way to be right now, but rather the new and only way for our future world. It is crucial that we all become aware of ways to save our beautiful planet earth, and keep ourselves safe and healthy as well.
So then, what of this current awareness of toxic sex toys? Well, it seems that many popular erotic toys are made of polyvinyl chlorides (PVC) , plastics long decried by eco-activists for the toxins released during their manufacture and disposal. These plastics are softened with phythalates, a controversial family of chemicals. These include the inviting soft “jelly” or “cyberskin” sex toy items that have become so popular in the last few decades.
Although the earlier models, such as the infamous “Rabbit” were made with PVC plastics, it was difficult for many of the larger stores to carry plenty of items and yet avoid PVC. It was ultimately cheaper and the educated consumer had yet to reach the awareness plateau that exists today of green products, ie. soaps, detergents, linens, sheets, foods, and yes, sex toys!
Most have tried a sex toy once or twice. That great smell of your brand new plastic toy is basically the new toy “off-gassing”, meaning it’s releasing VOC’s into the environment. The problem with VOCs? Organic compounds are the basis of all living things and contain carbon as their principal element. VOCs, in contrast, are chemical compounds that vaporize at room temperature.
They are suspected carcinogens, meaning that they can cause cancer when you breath them in. So consider what damage you can be doing when you put these “safe” plastic sex toys in your “vajayjay”… as Oprah would say!
Even scarier, sex toys are unregulated, meaning that there are no guidelines for manufacturing, no requirements to disclose what materials are involved in manufacturing and no regulatory body that governs what plastics and chemicals are used.
With all the recent press highlighting the indiscretions and backstabbing policies of Big Business and the banking world, do you really expect your sex toy company to be a bunch of angels?
This all means that you must become an educated consumer. This includes investigating, reading, and knowing what you put on or in your body, from food to sex toys!
Also, an important note. We all need to push for regulatory action on the hazardous chemicals in all consumer products. A funny thing, these chemicals like phythalates, which were recently banned by the government in the children’s toys, are yet still a problem in our adult toys.
Dr. Arlene G. Krieger is a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist. She is well known in the community for her work in the fields of Marriage and Family therapy and Clinical Sexology in the tri-county areas of Palm Beach, Dade County and Broward Counties and is an assistant professor at The American Academy of Clinical Sexologists. Dr. Krieger specializes in Relationship and Intimacy issues in her private practice in Boca Raton, Florida. Blog with her at http://www.askdrarlene.com regarding any sexual, marital or relationship issue. Dr. Krieger is a Clinical member of the AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists).