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Even though most condoms are made of naturally occurring latex, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that your condoms are also automatically vegan. “Historically, some condoms used to use casein (an animal byproduct) in the manufacturing process, which would have made them non-vegan,” explains Milla Impola, a rep for condom company Global Protection Corp. However, it’s more and more rare to see condoms that are still made with casein these days, she adds.
When it comes to the “organic” label, this is a bit harder. Meika Hollender, Co-Founder and CEO of Sustain Natural, explains that there’s no such thing as an “organic” condom at this point in time, because there’s no organic verifying body that certifies condoms. However, you can look for Fair Trade certified, nitrosamines free, and vegan condoms, if you’d like to cut down on chemicals and or support more ethical condom companies.
Below, here are six of the best vegan condom options available.
Lola condoms use natural latex and are vegan and don’t contain parabens, nitrosamines, casein, or glycerin. They’re also labeled as “gluten-free” on their site, which no, is not a joke. Just in case you’re using the condom for oral sex, and therefore possibly ingesting any ingredients like the lubricant (which is where the offending gluten would most likely be), Lola’s team also wanted to clarify that their condoms are safe for those with gluten intolerances, explained Alex Friedman, co-founder of the company.
They’re also designed and tested by real women, and approved by gynecologists, so you can rest easy knowing you’re getting quality stuff.
2. ONE Condoms:
“All ONE condoms are vegan,” confirmed Milla Impola, a rep for the brand, to Cosmopolitan.com. Because ONE specializes in a varied assortment of condom styles and textures (this tin contains eight different styles), it’s especially helpful to know that as an umbrella term, any condom from their brand is vegan-safe. These condoms are also gluten-free, as there’s no gluten in the condom manufacturing process for these guys.
Sustain’s condoms are nitrosomine-free, which is a carcinogen formed when the latex in condoms is heated and molded . They also use fair trade rubber, are cruelty-free, non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan. Hollender explains that fair trade is actually super important in condom manufacturing, as latex is the sap of the rubber tree, and most rubber plantations globally still use child labor and other harsh working conditions. Vegan also means that your condom is free of casein, which is an animal byproduct.
Glyde’s condoms come in a variety of sizes, textures, and flavors, so you can get whatever wacky condom experience you’d get with other store brand condoms without having to sacrifice the material. The condoms are vegan, certified by PETA, and made with sustainably harvested natural latex.
5. Sir Richard’s
Sir Richard’s condoms come in the second largest variety of options besides GLYDE condoms. Each condom is made of all-natural latex that’s free of glycerin, parabens, spermicide, and petrochemicals. They’re also vegan and PETA-certified.
Lovability condoms are made of 100% natural vegan latex and aloe-infused silicone lubricant. They promise to be free of spermicides, dyes, fragrances, and chemical irritants. Each condom also comes packaged in a neat little container (kind of like those one-use face masks), so you don’t have to stress about not being able to tear one open in the heat of the moment.