Since I’ve been focusing on the social life this week, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a bit on vegan condoms. The mention of vegan condoms usually prompts some puzzled looks. Aren’t all condoms vegan? So, here’s the scoop: although latex does indeed come from rubber trees, most condoms also are made with an animal by-product called casein, which is derived from milk.
Here are some options for the sexy vegan:
- Glyde Condoms
These condoms have been around for quite some time, and they still seem to be the most readily available here and abroad. In addition to regular condoms, Glyde offers a variety of flavors such as Strawberry and Licorice. You can purchase these on Glyde’s web site or from other online stores catering to the vegan crowd, such as The Sensual Vegan and Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe.
- Sir Richard’s Condom Company
This brand is my recent find. The company is based in Boulder, Colorado, and the condoms are available for purchase online and in select stores. I picked up a 3-condom variety pack at Food Fight vegan grocery in Portland. Styles available: classic ribbed, ultra-thin, extra-large, and “pleasure dots.” What’s super-cool about this company: it has established a “buy-one, give one” program: for every condom someone purchases, Sir Richard’s donates a condom to a developing country.