By Daniela Degrassi
As vegans we need to always watch our back for animal based hidden ingredients we may be exposed to in any daily situation… even when making love! Did you know that regular condoms are processed using the milk protein casein while other condoms can even contain lamb intestines? Not to mention the addition of harmful petrol based materials.
So what to do if you’re vegan but not ready to start a family? Luckily, the choice of vegan condoms is not scarse in the market. During my last trip to California, I had the ‘pleasure’ (oops!) to stop at the GLYDE booth at the first ever Vegan Fashion Week in Los Angeles. GLYDE is a 20 year old Australian certified ethical, vegan & fair trade premium condom brand.
At the show I was handed a condom sample bag, and although yours truly is a bit shy to give you a product review, the fact that I am featuring them on The Kind Bride should be a hint 😉 In any case you can read their cheekier happy customer testimonials on their website)
GLYDE is indeed revolutionizing sexual health and wellness. Crafted with patented technology and a clean plant-based formula, their products deliver a more satisfying experience while eliminating concerns about harmful additives, animal products and testing.
Their ethical standards go back to before ‘natural’ and ‘sustainable’ became marketing catch phrases. Their ingredients are sourced from worker owned and operated producers with fair trade and labor practices, including providing fair and equal pay for men and women. Their natural rubber is grown sustainably, indigenous to the region, and within close proximity to their manufacturing facility – which minimizes the company’s carbon footprint. GLYDE’s consumer packaging is made with 100% recycled materials, soy and vegetable inks. No wasteful cellophane or plastics involved.
The company certifications include The Vegan Society, PETA’s Caring Consumer Program, Ethiquette, the Green Business Network and B Corp.
As the company states on its website, the key to comfort, pleasure and safety is a condom that fits. GLYDE has you covered whether you require a slim fit, standard or large condom – all extra sheer, silky and strong with a barely there quality. You’ll quickly notice GLYDE condoms feel natural and perform reliably, even during the most adventurous play, as their patented technology produces a thin sheath with exceptional heat transfer for a more natural experience you’ll both enjoy…again and again.
Body-friendly by design, GLYDE are glycerin-free, paraben-free and void of all risky chemicals including talc, nonoxynol-9 and benzocaine. GLYDE are made with a proprietary blend of premium natural rubber latex and thistle extract, eliminating casein – the dairy-derived ingredient used by many conventional brands – which means they’re been certified vegan and cruelty-free for over 20 years.
GLYDE clean plant-based formula combined with a double washing process eliminates that unpleasant latex smell associated with conventional condoms. Allowing all of your senses to be properly turned on!
Along with their non-toxic premium and a variety of organic flavored condoms (even a vegan leather condom case!) their online shop offers a good selection of the best condom compatible, organic and body-friendly personal lubricants to extend intimacy and heighten your pleasure.
A feminist and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California where she lived for 15 years before moving back to her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.