"If you're thinking about what's going into your food, why don't you think about what's going inside your vagina?"
Meika Hollender isn't a woman to mess about when it comes to the important questions. The MBA holder and co-founder of Sustain Natural, a US-based company that makes eco-friendly and ethical condoms, lubes, tampons and sanitary pads, is on a mission to green up your bedroom antics.
Now. We know that 'sustainable' probably isn't a word you ever thought of applying to sex. But, between unethical rubber plantations and the presence of milk-derived casein being used in their processing, condoms are more of a minefield than you'd think.
Meika founded the brand with her dad, (!) entrepreneur and activist Jeffrey Hollender, back in 2014.
The business aims to work against two non sustainable players in the modern sex hygiene industry: a harmful chemical called nitrosamine, that is produced during the manufacturing process of latex condoms and the lack of Fairtade rubber plantations.
"We don't believe that harmful ingredients have any place going into the most intimate part of your body," Meika says.
Sustain Natural made a change to the traditional condom manufacturing process, adding a safe chemical that stopped nitrosamine from being produced in their latex. Secondly, they founded and sourced the only Fairtrade rubber plantation in the world.
"We looked into it and discovered the terrible conditions that condoms are being manufactured under. Most rubber plantations use child labour and bad chemicals. Our plantation is family-run, and ensures the absence of child labour," Meika says.
When buying contraception, lube, or just about anything that will enhance your sex life, buy products that are 100 per cent clear about their manufacturing processes, Meika advises.
"Look for brands that are being transparent about the ingredients in their products. This is so important, because whatever is in them is going to be going inside your body."
Following a great response to their condoms, they added lube and 'post-play wipes' to their offering.
The lift in sustainable sex brands is a result of young people increasingly questioning where everything they consume comes from, Meika reckons.
As a bonus, the latter come in some very design-forward packaging. You can get these ordered to the UK. Which means no excuses.
So. If you've got your KeepCup and your re-useable water bottle and you're purging your shopping habits of fast fashion, then it's time to join Meika on her mission and graduate to the adult stuff.
Your sex life can help save the planet, people.