If you are an eco-conscious person, you probably are into hybrid cars, low-energy light bulbs, and recycling. And your green habits play an essential role in your romantic decisions. Considering that singles try to find mutual interests in their ideal mate, it’s natural that you feel attracted to a person with compatible environmental values. So, if you and your partner share not only your love but also your botanic based shampoo, and if you met online instead of using a newspaper classified, maybe you haven’t realized it, but you are in an ecosexual relationship.
Green dates are romantic too.
There are many ways to have a green, relationship. Normal dating activities can be totally green: try a romantic dinner at a restaurant that serves locally grown vegetables, and enjoys that organic salad with a bottle of biodynamic wine. Send a bunch of organic roses to your loved one and plan bike rides, hiking, camping, visiting a farmers market and exploring interesting parts of your city using the public transport instead of your car. When the engagement is coming, the best choice is a ring made from recycled precious metals and stones. Remember that gold mining is one of the dirtiest businesses in the world: one single gold ring results in 20 tons of mine waste.
Green weddings are “in.”
Couples can show their passion for the environment on the most important day of their life. If you are considering tying the knot next year, get informed about the conscientious fashion options on the market. There are stores that offer weeding gowns made of earth-friendly fabrics such as organic cotton, linen, and silk. Buying vintage, renting, or reusing a gown already worn are other eco-friendly options. You can even donate your wedding dress to a charitable organization and ask your bridesmaids to do the same.
Avoid the waste of paper by creating a personal wedding website instead of sending wedding invitations, menu cards, and thank you notes. After the wedding, you can have an archived copy of the site with photos of the ceremony on CD. Don’t forget to buy the flowers at your local farmer’s market and to give organic favors like small trees, seeds, bulbs or plants.
Green sex is very sensual
Eco sexuality starts with finding healthy alternatives for bedding and birth control without sacrificing sensuality. Going green between the sheets is as easy as remembering not to flush when getting rid of a used condom. Many people would be surprised if they knew scientific reports which state that latex or polyurethane condoms can take decades to decompose. According to Laura Eldridge, a women’s health writer, in an interview with Bitch Magazine, those condoms probably won’t biodegrade, contaminating sources of water and damaging marine life.
The same can be said about lubricants made with chemicals like phthalates that harm the environment. Fortunately, there are green alternatives like lubricants with organic components and even condoms crafted from recycled rubber. Just be careful with condoms made from sheepskin: they protect from unwanted pregnancies, but they are suitable only for use with your regular partner because they do not prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.