Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian, it’s important to have a positive impact on our planet and the animals we share it with. We can all agree, condoms are amazing for having safe sex, so why not choose a vegan condom that’s also kind to your body and the animals?
4 Reasons why standard condoms are bad for people and animals alike
So are condoms vegan? Well, most condoms are made out of latex, which is a milky fluid available in many plants. The latex used to make condoms typically comes from the rubber tree. We’re off to a good start, we’ve got natural rubber latex; unfortunately, this is the first and last stage of the process that is human and animal-friendly.
Casein is a protein derived from cow’s or goat’s milk – it’s used to soften the latex making it more comfortable for human use. So why is this problematic? We know that the dairy industry can be cruel, taking the calves away from their mothers as early on as the day they are born. This is because the longer the calf stays with their mother the stronger the bond and the stronger the resistance from both calf and mother. This separation is extremely distressing for both calf and mother whatever age the calf is. Choosing a latex condom with casein in it supports this practice.
2. Animal testing
As condoms are a medical device, they’re often tested on animals to pass the rigorous testing required to secure certification. There’s a chance the condom you’re using has been tested on bunnies and horses.
3. Lamb skin
The times of using animal intestines for personal contraception is almost behind us, though unfortunately there is still one condom company out there who make condoms using lamb skin. Not only are Trojan’s condoms not vegan they’re also not 100% effective at protecting you from STDs because the skin has tiny holes in it, allowing the STDs to pass through.
4. Nasty chemicals
Though chemicals are not technically related to veganism, most vegans and many non-vegans strive to use products that are vegan, natural and organic. Many condom brands contain harmful chemicals like glycerin, benzocaine and spermicide which cause vaginal dryness. Benzocaine in particular is a numbing agent designed to make a man last longer that can lead to vaginal irritation. Check out our article on natural, chemical-free condoms to learn more.
So what makes vegan condoms different?
1. 100% Plant-based ingredients Vegan certified
Starting with the obvious, a vegan condom doesn’t contain any animal by-products or animal products. It’s not necessary to use casein to create a silky smooth condom so we don’t use it; instead, HANX condoms contain a vegetable binder, called thistle extract.
2. Vegan certified
Online searches for vegan condoms are not completely foolproof, the only way to be 100% sure that the condom you’re using is vegan certified is by finding a certification. Look out for The Vegan Action Foundation badge or The Vegan Society badge which you can find on all HANX condom boxes as we are certified by The Vegan Society.
It can be easy to confuse ‘vegan’ and ‘cruelty-free’ products. Though the two are closely intertwined they are separate concepts. When a product is vegan it doesn’t contain any animal-based ingredients. When a product is cruelty-free it hasn’t been tested on animals. This means that it is possible for condoms tested on animals to be vegan, though this doesn’t necessarily take into consideration the treatment of the animals used to make the product. If you’re vegan, be sure to double-check whether a condom is actually certified vegan as this will mean that it is also cruelty-free. The Vegan Trademark is an internationally recognised standard for products that are free of all animal use, in ingredients and testing. We are proud to be both vegan and cruelty-free, no animals were hurt in the making of HANX.
4. Sustainable manufacturing
The latex used in HANX condoms comes from sustainable rubber tree sources and we use sustainable manufacturing practices. We believe that safe working conditions & fair wages are a basic human right, and we have a responsibility to look after the communities who contribute to the creation of HANX. For that reason HANX is and always will be fair-trade.
5. Better feeling
As they are natural, vegan condoms feel better for both partners. HANX condoms are ultra-thin and free of nasty chemicals, they don’t cause vaginal dryness or discomfort, so you can focus on all the amazing feelings of having sex.
6. Better taste
If you’re a fan of some mid- sex oral, then you’re probably no stranger to that awful taste some condoms leave behind. Luckily for you HANX is delightfully clean-scented and has a natural flavouring, so there’ll be no nasty surprises down there.
Are vegan condoms reliable?
Vegan condoms have met the same government standards as non-vegan condoms, which means they are 98% effective against STI’s and pregnancy. Combined with a fabulous organic, vegan lube HANX condoms are also perfect for anal… just saying.
How much do vegan condoms cost?
The production of organic, vegan, chemical-free condoms is a little more expensive, and so a box of HANX is on average a pound or two more than non- vegan condoms. Though when you’re putting something into or on your body, it’s important that it’s natural and free of nasties.