DETAILED CONDOMS INFORMATION
Are the condoms actually green?
No, the Green Condoms colors is the untreated latex color, no dye was used as we believe in minimizing the number of ingredients to manufacture them.
Do the condoms have any taste?
No, the condoms do not have any specific flavor. Compared to regular brands, they do not have any plastic-like taste or smell.
Are the condoms from the Green Condom Club reusable?
Never. Condoms should be used only once and then discarded. Opt for the trash can and not the toilet to avoid blocking the pipes.
Are the condoms organic?
The latex (sap collected from the hevea or rubber tree) is the main component for manufacturing condoms. Several accelerators are added to the mix to make the material thin, resistant and without holes so the condoms can comply with the European norms for safety certification. Those additions make virtually all condoms not organic.
Do they biodegrade?
No, the condoms do not biodegrade (imagine if they did before their mandatory 5 years expiration date!) and need to be eliminated through trash. They will not disintegrate during use.
Are the condoms from Green Condom Club woman friendly?
Yes! Condoms are a safe and body-friendly method of contraception for women who choose not to use hormone-based methods including birth control pills, Nuvaring, the birth control patch, implants, IUD, or shots.
An affordable, over-the-counter hormone-free birth control, condoms are the only prescription-free contraceptive method that provides 98% effectiveness with consistent and perfect use.
For women who do use hormone based birth control, doubling up with condoms is essential to protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
As a woman-owned company, we care about your wellness as we do our own. Designed for your health and pleasure, our products do not contain harmful additives or risky chemicals including benzocaine or nonoxynol-9.
With a silky texture and lightly applied, our lubricant is a premium medical-grade silicone oil with no fake chemicals or sugars that could disrupt vaginal pH balance.
What about the latex you use?
We use a patented formula of high-quality, organic, sustainably harvested natural rubber latex. The condoms are made of natural latex drawn from renewable plantation trees. There is also not any possibility of cross contamination during the manufacturing process. While we do not recommend our products for those with severe latex allergies, individuals with only minor latex sensitivity have reported using our products with comfort and success.
How can I be sure that the raw materials are fairly traded?
GLYDE Health, the manufacturer of some of Glyde condoms, sold by the Green Condom Club, has the distinction of an extensive social conscience since the foundation in 1990. Fairness against human, animals and the environment is one of the most important principles of the manufacturer. For this purpose, GLYDE Health works together with environment-friendly and sustainable Fair Trade partners, which stand for fair working conditions and payment for their workers.
What makes the condoms from Green Condom Club vegan?
Casein, a milk derived product often found in conventional brands is normally added to the liquid bath to soften the latex, so it becomes smooth and flexible. Casein gives conventional condoms that sour latex odor and may also increase sensitivity for those allergic to latex.
The Green Condom Club condoms are produced at a slightly higher temperature with a specific formulation that does not use casein, making the condoms vegan.
For Glyde condoms, thistle extract is used during the manufacturing to replace casein as a cleaner and greener option.
For more information, this infographic gives a detailed answer.
I have an allergy against vulcanization accelerators (i.e. thiuram mix allergy). Which vulcanization accelerators are used during the manufacturing process?
The Green Condom Club believes in transparency for its ingredients. They are the following, in descending order of quantity used and according to the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI): Rubber Latex, Dimethicone, Hydrated Silica, BHT, Zinc Ethylphenyl Dithiocarbamate, Sulfur, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Polynaphthalene Sulfonate, Potassium Hydroxide, Ceteth-12, Lauric Acid, Laurtrimonium Chloride.
During the manufacturing process of Glyde condoms, diphenylguanine is used. Zinc N diethyldithiocarbomate and zinc N dibutyldithiocarbomate are not used.
Are formaldehyde or other chemicals used during the manufacturing process?
No, formaldehyde is not used during the manufacturing process. The lubricant on the condoms is made of 100% silicone oil. It is paraben free, glycerin free and without palm oil. The condoms do not contain any pharmaceutically active substances (spermicides, benzocaine or thermo active substances).
Why do you use silicon oil lubricant and not a water-based one?
The silicon used to lubricate condoms is a drop of pure dimethicone (a kind of silicone). Dimethicone is chemically and biologically inert and allergies to it are extremely rare. Silicone manufacturing is not linked to the petrochemical industry (unlike mineral oils for example). It is used to lubricate condoms for 3 reasons:
- It does not dry (the expiration date of a condom is 5 years after production)
- Since there is no water, no need for preservatives (such as parabens) to avoid bacterial or fungal proliferation
- Phtalates don't need to be used (suspected to be carcinogenic and mutagenic when in contact with the skin)
That being said, if you need additional lubrication, we add one or more lubricant sachets to each order to guarantee a good time when using the condoms!
I have an allergy against gluten (celiac disease) - may I use the condoms?
Yes you can use them, there is no gluten used in the manufacturing.
Is talcum powder used during the manufacturing process of the condoms?
No, hydrated silica (Green Condom Club) or oat powder (Glyde) is used instead of talc (a known carcinogen) and each condom is double washed to eliminate any residue, latex taste or odor.
How are your condoms tested?
Condoms are Class II medical devices and the materials and methods with which they are made are subject to rigorous regulatory controls including ISO manufacturing requirements (also set by the World Health Organization) and FDA (Gylde only) and CE approvals.
Our condoms are tested multiple times for quality assurance – including measuring elasticity and material uniformity, electronic strength/burst testing, and examination for holes or punctures.
Prior to distribution, our products are regularly tested again by independent third party laboratories to ensure they meet performance standards.
Additionally, the Green Condom Club condoms are produced in a facility approved by the WHO, ISO 9001 & ISO 13485 and CE certified.
What is the expiration date?
You have about 5 years to use the condoms, we hope it will be enough ;)
How about safer sex?
STI (Sexually Transmissible Infections) are passed on through sexual contact or the exchange of body fluids. Male latex male condoms, sheer dams or female condoms are both very effective in preventing HIV and many other Sexually Transmitted Infections when used correctly, and every time.
Other than abstinence, the regular use of latex condoms offers the best protection against contracting the AIDS virus and other sexually transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea, HPV, genital herpes, chlamydia, syphilis and hepatitis-B. However, condoms are not guaranteed effective in preventing transmission of genital herpes unless the affected area is completely covered.
To find out if you might have an STI, regular health exams and testing is recommended. If you suspect that you have been exposed to an STI, visit your doctor immediately.
Do I have to pay extra for shipping?
No, shipping is free worldwide, except for the box of 100 condoms which is shipped as a package and therefore charged extra.
Where do you ship?
We ship anywhere you want in the world :) We are committed to bring healthy and sustainable condoms to as many people as possible.
How long does it take for my order to arrive?
We work with the Swiss Post, here is a list of the number of days it takes in ECONOMY or PRIORITY depending on the weight of your order and the country you are in.
Where do you ship from?
We currently ship from Geneva, Switzerland
What does the packaging look like?
Your condoms will be sent in a nondescript envelope or package (without logo or identifiers) so you can receive them discreetly.
I have not received my package, what's happening?
Please send us an email at email@example.com indicating your name so we can see what went wrong with the postal service. For packs of 3 and 10 condoms, they are shipped in not trackable enveloppes. So far 99.7% of our packages have arrived at destination. Please note that Green Condom Club outsources shipping to national or private postal agency and therefore can not be held responsible should the package not arrive. We will however collaborate with the postal agency to retrieve the package.
How do I change my subscription?
Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which plan you would like to be put on. The modification will take place for the following month (both in terms of invoicing and quantity of condoms sent to you).
How do I change my address?
If you are moving and would like to remain a member of the Green Condom Club, please send us an email at email@example.com indicating your new address. Same if you are going to travel for an extended period of time, we can accommodate you.
How do I unsubscribe?
Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating when you would like to unsubscribe. The payment for the current month is still due and the subscription will be cancelled for the next one. For example, if you unsubscribe on September 2nd, you will still receive the condoms for September and be charged for September. You will be unsubscribed for October.