Friday, February 18, 2011

EU Bans Chemicals

This interesting headline caught my eye this morning: EU Bans Penis-Shrinking chemical; America Does Not. In a not so sensational story, Reuters reports that by 2014:
Unless they obtain specific exemptions, companies will not be able to sell items containing phthalates known as DEHP, BBP and DBP, the fragrance Musk Xylene, flame-retardant HBCDD, or the epoxy resin-hardener MDA.
The list looks like a recipe for alphabet soup. These chemicals are found in many household plastics (sex toys, drinking cups etc.) As to the penis-shrinking:
DEHP is associated with smaller penis size, incomplete descent of testes, and a shorter, less typically masculine distance between the anus and genitals in baby boys whose mothers showed increased levels of the stuff.
Now if only the rest of the world would ban them.

photo (cc) via Flickr user Joost J. Bakker IJmuiden

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

5 Ideas for a Green Valentine's Day

13 Rabbits Shower Gel
I'll admit I'm not into Valentine's Day at all. I'm not that big on chocolate, I hate the color red and I'm allergic to roses. Anyone trying to give me a gift on February 14th has a bit of work to do. Personally, I'd just rather skip the gifts and get down to the mind blowing sex.

For those of you who insist on gifts, here are five green ideas to show your love:

1. Make your significant other a meal using local, organic ingredients. You might consider pickintg a few recipes from The New InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook. Or you can try some of the menus and recipes at Divine Dinner Party.

2. Chocolate isn't very green unless you own your own organic cocoa plantation. Why not think outside the box and get something that smells delicious? Lush's 13 Rabbits product line smells heavenly. Imagine dark chocolate mixed with ginger and cloves. There's a part of me that wishes they made perfume with that scent. Lush prides itself on using local, organic and/or fair trade ingredients. They've made a commitment to being as green as possible. They have over 700 stores world wide.

If you just have to have chocolate make it Fair Trade and/or organic. Most major cities have stores that carry it but if by chance you're not in such a city, Equal Exchange produces a variety of bars. Try Equal Exchanges's Organic Very Dark Chocolate

3. Forget the roses unless you grow your own. The price mark up at this time of year should be enough to make you look for alternatives. How about making some flowers?  You can find directions for different flowers on the TLC. Or you can make origami roses. The video below is slow enough to follow. You might want to turn the sound off. The music isn't for everyone.

4. Add some spice to your life with romance or sex coupons that entitle your loved one to a massage or a blow job or whatever. Use your imagination. You can make your own or download some of the many available on the internet. Print them on recycled paper. Take a look at these or these. Put one in a coat pocket or a  computer case. Or make a trail of them from the front door to the bed with you in it.

5. Since you're probably going to be getting a little "somethin somethin" you might want to try a sex toy* for couples. Anything made out of wood, surgical steel, surgical grade silicone or glass are eco-friendly. Try to find a battery operated toy that is rechargeable. I've written about the We-Vibe before. I really like it. I think it's a good choice for a couples first toy. Try the We-Vibe Couple's Kit from Babeland. They've put out a little video showing how to use the We-Vibe.

So there you have them. 5 ideas for a green Valentine's Day. What do you think? Do you have any other suggestions? Come back after V-Day and tell me how yours went.

*Valentine's Day is not the time to show up with handcuffs and a cat of nine tails if you've never discussed BDSM with your partner. If you don't know what your partner would be into do some shopping together online or at your local sex shop. See what interests him/her. You can go back and buy it later. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011


A three year old is not half a six year old. - Sir Kenneth Robinson

I don't care if it is "green" I don't think anyone should be marketing "anti-aging" makeup to kids. I'm sure this will be very well received on the kid's beauty pageant circuit. I agree with Gregor Fritz who said that children are children for a short time and shouldn't be rushed through it. Children are not small adults. They don't need to have adult products marketed to them. I guess getting them young gives companies that many more years of mindless consumerism.

Buying crap you don't need is never green and it's not sexy.