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Monday, October 25, 2021

Column: Going green

Everyone is going green. We’re buying hybrid cars and using canvas grocery bags to decrease our carbon footprint. We’re eating more locally grown food and installing energy efficient light bulbs. Go us!

While many of us have changed the way we go about our daily lives, I bet you didn’t know you could green-ify your sex life, too. Yes, that’s right people. You can go green between the sheets.

I was at Borders the other day and came across a book called Eco-Sex. The author, Stefanie Weiss, gives advice on how to make every aspect of your love life green. From using biodegradable condoms to buying vintage jewelry, this book shines light on a new aspect of the green movement.

If you want to save the lovely earth we live on, maybe you should take some advice from Ms. Weiss.

The number one tip for eco-sexing your life is to use birth control or to not have kids at all. The population is rising at rapid speeds, so she says we need to slow it down. According to Weiss, 76 million of the 129 million babies born every year are unintended. That’s a lot of unplanned babies. Wrap it up and pop those pills.

Did you know there are vegan condoms? They’re called Glyde and they’re made from natural latex. So if you find yourself avoiding sex because of the polyurethane condoms we’re so familiar with, now you can have fun and do something good for the Earth, too. But remember: no flushing those little suckers – we don’t want them in our oceans.

Another eco-sex tip is to give recycled, second-hand or vintage jewelry a try if you want to adorn your loved one with some bling. Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend – I can attest to that. So make her feel special, even if it’s from a thrift store. Yeah, that little turquoise box is a dream come true, but with the suffering economy, I think she’ll understand.

Dating is exciting, especially when it’s with someone new. But no matter who the person is, make sure you keep the Earth in mind when you’re spending time with that special person.

Dates are fun even when you green-ify them. They shouldn’t be about spending large sums of money on extravagant meals or renting a private jet; they’re about getting to know the other person. With spring weather right around the corner, there’s nothing better than going for a hike or a walk (perhaps through the arboretum).

So if you have first, second or even third date plans in the works, think about going outdoors. Not only is it good for the Earth, but it’s also good for you.

Weiss’ book is an interesting read – and it’s great for those environmentally-friendly, horny people out there. I’m all about saving the Earth. Aren’t you? So if you’re near Borders in the next few days, go check it out. Or if you’re feeling lazy, check out ecosex.net.

Sex is fun. Going green is fun. Why not combine the two and make the world a better place? If you already date and have sex, then you’re one step closer to going green between the sheets. Make sure you use some sort of contraception and walk to your favorite make-out spot.

Lucky for you, Davis is a great place to start eco-sexing your life. So what are you waiting for?

ERICA BETNUN is ready to eco-sex her life. How about you? Let her know at elbetnun@ucdavis.edu.

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