How to Green Up Your Love Life


A new book offers advice on how to make your love life more eco-friendly.

Article by Darragh Worland and image by pinksherbet. First published March 2010 at

What color comes to mind when you think about your lover? If it’s not green, then you’ve got a long way to go before you can call your relationship “eco-friendly.”

Well, praise the wood nymphs, because help is on the way in the form of eco-conscious author Stefanie Iris Weiss who has claimed the only spot on the love and relationship shelf of the bookstore that has yet to be staked out.

Her new book Eco-Sex is a guide to greening your love life. “I have always wanted to write a sex book. I am a very committed greenie, and I have been a vegetarian for 20 years. I saw a gap in the market and I couldn’t believe no one had written about this topic,” Weiss told

The book includes information on where to buy eco-friendly bamboo underwear and dating sites where you can meet other eco-minded people. Weiss suggests the ideal first eco-date would be to go biking, and recommends natural latex mattresses (though not necessarily for that first date.) She recommends natural or organic cosmetics, biodegradable latex condoms, and jewels that even a self-respecting socially and eco-conscious woman would be proud to wear (no blood diamonds here!)

But is all this enviro-sex-talk a little too much too soon? I mean, it feels like just it was just yesterday when we re-discovered our love of nature and the environment. Are we ready for such a long-term commitment? Hell yes, says Weiss!

“I think green sex is having its moment right now. I think it is the next big thing in green,” she told “People are realizing that their everyday, most intimate habits, are deeply connected to this horrible crisis we are in.”

And as for those flowers, ladies? Make sure they’re locally-grown before you put them in water. And if your date snorts at the question, throw him back in the ocean and reel in another one. After all, good girls recycle.

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