Sex and the Eco-City: Getting It On Is Getting Greener

Look out, petroleum jelly. Getting it on is getting greener

Mauricio Alejo for TIME

Correction Appended: Oct. 20, 2009

In many ways, choosing a sex toy is not unlike buying a car. Walk into most adult shops, and the new-car smell is undeniable. Salespeople tout motor speed and durability. And then there are emissions to consider.

That's carbon emissions, of course. As the green movement makes its way into the bedroom, low lighting is a must--to conserve electricity--but so are vegan condoms, organic lubricants and hand-cranked vibrators.

Another big enviro-sex trend: birth control that's au naturel. Like all good Catholics, my husband and I...

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