I am from India and there is no availability of vegan condom. I am a hardcore practitioner of sustainable living and don't wanted to create waste with single-use condom which is definitely resulting in some environmental issues. Getting a solution, I shall definitely spread the word in public.

Is there any alternative? I cannot find any solution.

  • See also Veganism & Vegetarianism (and veganism) SE.
    – gerrit
    Jul 6 '17 at 11:01
  • Are you specifically looking for a barrier method? If so the options appear to be rare and expensive. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the obvious answer but it's difficult for some people. A vasectomy is the other obvious answer, but you need to be quite commited to a low-impact lifestyle for that (I am, I did, it's great)
    – Móż
    May 20 '21 at 5:11
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    @Móż a vasectomy won't work for someone who still wants to have kids at some point down the road, but isn't ready yet, right? Then again, those 100% committed to sustainable living shouldn't consider children at all, due to their environmental impact :)
    – WhatHiFi
    Sep 4 '21 at 14:25
  • @WhatHiFi I was asking what the requirements are other than "like a condom, but ecofriendly", the OP doesn't actually even mention that they're for contraception.
    – Móż
    Sep 9 '21 at 4:40

There is something called Reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance (RISUG, see Wikipedia page for more details) which is alternative to a condom which is 100% eco friendly.

In short, it a one time operation that "sterilize" the sperm, making it uncapable of reaching the egg or impregnating it.

Sadly, it's available only in India at this point, and not yet approved in other places, though approval process is undergoing, slowly.

  • Welcome to Sustainable Living SE! Interesting option, at first I thought it looked similar to a vasectomy so it would be very difficult to undo, but then I read that "The contraceptive action appears to be completely reversible ...".
    – THelper
    May 18 '21 at 14:56
  • @THelper indeed, same here. If it wasn't undoable, I wouldn't have posted it, as it's hardly a condom alternative. :-) May 18 '21 at 15:38
  • Hope it reaches general public faster!
    – PD Pro
    May 19 '21 at 17:21
  • @PDPro not 100% sure, but it might already be available in India, worth asking your doctor about it. May 20 '21 at 6:01

There's another completely natural and sustainable and reusable alternative, although NOT vegan. Its the lambskin condom, made from lamb's intestines.

  • Oh, that's right. I just studied about it and it is surely a biodegradable option. However it seems a costly option!!!
    – PD Pro
    Sep 19 '17 at 5:29
  • Lamb intestines??? Are you sure this is safe?
    – Pacerier
    Apr 7 '18 at 7:47
  • Safe? Yes, in both senses. 1) a properly made and maintained lambskin condom will seal against semen. 2) It poses no threat to the wearer of the device.
    – Conor
    Apr 9 '18 at 16:08

Many years ago I told some students that a large plastic bag of good quality could easily be used as a sort of female condom and reused if washed well. Place in the vagina prior to sex and cover much of the area around the opening, lightly tape in place if that seems required.

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    First thing is plastic bag is not an Eco-friendly product and second thing is use of plastic bag as female condom is considered 'unscientific' after cases of reported injuries.
    – PD Pro
    Jul 31 '17 at 5:17
  • @PDPro, Injuries like? source?
    – Pacerier
    Apr 7 '18 at 7:48

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