There are plenty of people out there who don’t want any animal byproducts in their condoms and we don’t think they should have to compromise. So we made them without the animal byproduct that is used in almost all condoms, a dairy byproduct called casein. Then we had a third party test our product. We’re happy to say we got the all clear and are certified by the Vegan Awareness Foundation. We have other certifications, too. Check them out.
All of our condoms are free of chemicals of concern that can be used in things like fragrance and spermicide. They’re also made of latex from one of the most sustainable rubber plantations on the planet, and manufactured in an award-winning environmental factory. We’ve reduced the latex protein level because it can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Sustain condoms are also third party certified Fair Trade and vegan. Sustainable means the way the rubber is grown and manufactured is gentler on the earth. Sustainable also means the people who grow and manufacture our latex are paid a living wage and work reasonable hours—and no child labor, ever.
No! Please do not use these. Back away from the body oil—and be careful if massage is part of your warm up routine. Latex condoms can potentially be destroyed by these substances. Go for water- or silicone-based.
No, Sustain condoms are not reusable! Do. Not. Reuse. After each use, you or your partner should dispose of the condom carefully in the garbage. Don’t flush it down the toilet.
Sure. Why not? That said, once that condom goes on, you’re going to need some extra lube on the outside of it. It will reduce the risk of slipping or breaking. In order not to compromise the latex, the lube should be water- or silicone-based.
Use a little common sense and you should be good to go. As in: salt in seawater = ok. Chlorine or ozone in a swimming pool = could compromise the latex. Bubble bath, oils, and other shower/bath goop = can also compromise the latex. Watch out for slippage. Otherwise, splash on.
Nope. Currently all of our products are made from natural latex.
All condoms, thick or thin, must meet the same reliability and safety standards. So, if you like it thin, go for it.
If you have to ask, you’re most likely not allergic. We’ve reduced the latex protein levels in our condoms because it can cause an allergic reaction in some people. If you’re concerned you’re having a reaction, please see your doctor. And don’t waste time; not all rashes are allergies.
It can be stressful to figure this out. Whatever condom type you prefer, we’ve got you covered. People come in all shapes and sizes, so we have several fits plus an ultra thin option to satisfy everyone. The most common complaint women report is that condoms fall off during sex. Why? People upsize, buying condoms that are too big for them or their partners. It turns out only 10 to 15 percent of the population actually requires a roomier fit. To be safe, purchase the right fit—we have both tailored and comfort. Also, for more information on sizing, see this diagram: Sustain Size Chart.
These are lot numbers and expiration dates. A Sustain Condom has a shelf life of at least 3 years, but we encourage you to use it before then.
- Stick a pin in it.
- Bite it (well, hard enough to tear it).
- Leave home without it.
Some condoms manufacturers, in order to ensure that there is absolutely no risk of odor, use an odor masking chemical. This may present health risks for the workers producing them. We’re all about limiting the use of chemicals of concern wherever we can. We did an unscientific survey of condoms with and without the odor masker (tough job, but someone had to…) and no one could tell the difference. The short answer is Sustain Condoms don’t smell any better or worse than other condoms. But who’s sniffing?
Shipping and handling is free for all orders in the United States.
*Note: Pricing may differ during specified promotional events.
Yes! Lube is a good thing. But don’t go getting creative in the kitchen; water- and silicone-based lube is one thing, but certain oils can mess with the latex. And that’s a bad thing.
We’re serious about quality control. We do our own testing. Condoms are actually controlled by the FDA as a Class II medical device, which is meant to ensure that all condoms sold in the U.S. perform to particular performance standards. All of our condoms are electronically tested to seek out holes or areas of thinning and to ensure quality and performance. Selected condoms are tested through two other means.
You will receive an email confirmation to let you know your order was received.
No. Please call or email our office for instructions.
It’s up to anyone who is sexually active and responsible—women or men. Condoms are an important thing to have on hand no matter who you are. You never know when the urge will strike and you don’t want to be without. Traditionally men have been the main purchasers. We’re more than happy to have women turn this trend around. Also, not all sexual relationships involve a man and a woman. Just saying.
Good question! We would prefer to use an organic lube and suggest you use one on the outside of our condoms if you’d like a little extra slip. Unfortunately, our current 510K, the approval we have to sell condoms, specifies that we can only use a silicone-based lubricant as that is what our factory uses. We’re going to try to get the approval to use organic vegetable-based lube, but it’s not a quick task.
So many reasons! You should use a condom to protect your health and the health of your partner. Latex condoms, if used properly, are they only form of contraception that will reduce your risk of acquiring STDs, STIs, and the AIDS virus. They are also 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. So, wrap it up!
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Our condoms are manufactured in Southern India at our amazing award winning environmentally friendly manufacturing plant. Read all about it here.
Condom manufacturing can be a toxic endeavor. Some chemicals added during manufacture are highly toxic and some carcinogenic chemicals are formed during the process. We have eliminated the addition of the toxic chemicals and we have redesigned the manufacturing process to prevent the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines. These form when liquid latex is heated up to the point at which it becomes solid and an accelerator is added to the mix to speed up the process. It’s critical to have these out of the condoms because bodily fluids can cause them to be released while you’re having sex. There are no detectable levels of nitrosamines in Sustain Condoms.
If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase of Sustain Condoms we will provide you with a 100 percent refund. Please call or email our office or send us the UPC code from the box you purchased and mail it along with your address to Sustain Condoms, 212 Battery Street, Burlington VT 05401.
The best way to dispose of a condom is to carefully toss it in the garbage. It’s not good to flush used condoms down the toilet. And P.S., if you’re a houseguest, try not to leave it where your host, or, say, your mother has to deal with it.
Sustain accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
We’re so appalled by the lack of reproductive health care and family planning services in the United States for so many women that we’re donating 10 percent of our pretax profits to these women who currently lack access. Please read more about this initiative here.
No, Sustain condoms do not contain parabens or glycerin.
Lots of people are concerned about parabens, common personal care product preservatives that may be linked to breast cancer and fertility issues, with good reason. They’re also concerned about glycerin, a common base for personal lubricants, which can damage or irritate vaginal and rectal epithelial cells, potentially increasing the transmission of STIs such as herpes and human immunodeficiency virus . Many condom brands claim to be paraben and glycerin free. But guess what? To the best of our knowledge, no condoms are ever made with parabens or glycerin, meaning all condoms are parabens and glycerin free. We don’t think it’s helpful to claim that our condoms don’t contain a chemical that no other condoms do either. Parabens can be present in spermicidal agents, but our condoms don’t contain spermicide.
Sustain condoms are made by mixing various chemicals with our natural Fair-Trade rubber latex. The chemicals initiate a process called vulcanization that is essential to develop the required mechanical properties of the final product. A few of the chemicals listed below will be left in the condom at very low levels but most will be eliminated during the manufacturing process. None of these ingredients pose any health risk or concern. The chemicals include: Fair Trade Latex, Ammonia, Potassium Oleate, Potassium Hydroxide, Emulgin B2 / Vulcastab LW, Vultamol, Sulphur, Zinc Oxide, Irganox 1330 Bentonite Clay, Zinc dibutyl dithiocarbamate, Silicone lubricant, Calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate powders.
Some of the chemicals used in spermicidal lubricants that are considered potentially harmful to your health include nonoxynol-9, benzocaine, and propylene glycol. Benzocaine has been banned for use in cosmetics in Canada. Propylene glycol is suspected of causing immunotoxicity. Nonoxynol-9, a spermicide, when used frequently or in high dosages may cause cell damage to vaginal skin cells or cause inflammation of the vagina and/or cervix. There is no spermicide in Sustain’s lubricant.
All plastic is not created equal. Sustain’s plastic box is made from recycled soda bottles, a plastic known as PET. PET, identified by the # 1, has one of the highest recycling of any plastic. We believe using recyclable PET is an even more responsible environmental choice than the traditional paperboard. For every pound of recycled PET flake used instead of brand new plastic, energy use plummets 84% and greenhouse gas emissions are over 70% less. If everyone used recyclable PET, the cut down in green house gas emissions would be equal to taking 189,000 cars off the road.
Our packaging also includes paperboard sleeve, also highly recyclable and made from a minimum of 30% post consumer recycled material.
For more information on sizing, see this diagram: Sustain Size Chart
In other words, sex with condoms isn’t totally “safe sex,” but it is “less risky” sex.
HIV infection is, by far, the most deadly STD, and considerably more scientific evidence exists regarding condom effectiveness for prevention of HIV infection than for other STDs. The body of research on the effectiveness of latex condoms in preventing sexual transmission of HIV is both comprehensive and conclusive. The ability of latex condoms to prevent transmission of HIV has been scientifically established in “real-life” studies of sexually active couples as well as in laboratory studies.
Yes, our lubricant is safe for all phases of pregnancy. Although we don’t artificially bump up our lubricant’s pH for sperm to have a longer life, our product also does not kill sperm on contact.
Yes, our lubricant is made with 95% organic ingredients, including organic aloe vera. We are NSF certified, which means that all of the ingredients must be organic compliant. We are also Made Safe certified.
Natural, organic lubricants require a preservative to ensure that bacteria don’t begin to grow once the tube is opened. Sustain uses Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate, the most natural, food grade preservatives approved by leading natural product retailers for use in body care products. Unfortunately, these preservatives, which are used in trace amounts, are not available in an organic formulation.
Yes, our water-based lubricants are designed for use with all types of condoms including latex, polyisoprene, and polyurethane condoms. They’re also safe to use with toys.
Our personal lubricants are water-based and bio-matched to mimic the natural secretions of the vagina. They provide a clean and natural glide. This is reactivated by a drop of your own internal moisture. If you feel the need to extend the glide further, just add a little water.
All of our lubricants are edible and delicious. All of our personal lubricants are made with aloe vera, xanthan gum and agar (seaweed) to create a smooth and long lasting glide.
- Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (reconstituted Aloe vera) is a miraculous topical healing agent with a smooth and silky texture, perfect to complement intimate pleasures.
- Xanthan Gum is a commonly used food grade ingredient that thickens organic Aloe vera into a delightful sensual gel.
- Agar is a jelly-like substance, obtained from algae and seaweed
- Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate are natural, food grade preservatives approved by leading natural product retailers for use in body care products and are used in trace amounts.
- Lactic Acid is made from simple carbohydrates and helps maintain an optimal pH level.
- Natural flavors: organic-compliant food-grade flavors derived from natural products.
Most lubes contain these three ingredients, none of which are found in Sustain Lubricants:
- Propylene Glycol– Used as a humectant. Found in automatic and hydraulic brake fluid. Used to make industrial anti-freeze and de-icing solution for cars, airplanes, and boats. Used as a solvent in paint and plastic industries. Also used to make polyester compounds. May be harmful by ingestion, inhalation, or through skin contact. Irritating to the eyes and skin.
- Methylparabens and Propylparabens– Used as preservatives. Parabens are currently under scrutiny as they have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone functions; many studies are linking them with breast cancer tumors.
- Polyethylene Glycol/PEG– Used as a thickener. Strips the skin’s natural moisture. An eye irritant, possible carcinogen and can produce severe acidosis, central nervous system damage and congestion.
- Glycerin – glycerin is a sugar alcohol compound. We don’t use it in our formulation because of concerns that it’s typically petrochemical based and additionally could increase the changes of getting yeast infections.
Three of the ingredients we use to formulate our lubricants are not currently available as certified organic ingredients. These three ingredients comprise less that 5% of our formula. The ingredients are:
- Xanthan gum,a commonly used food grade ingredient that thickens organic Aloe vera into a delightful sensual gel
- Agar, is a jelly-like substance, obtained fromalgae & seaweed
- Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate are natural, food grade preservatives
**Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate are two natural preservatives needed to prevent bacteria in the product and are approved for use in all personal care products sold by Whole Foods.
One and done—just like condoms. Think of our wipes as more like a tissue than a handkerchief.
These bad boys are for sex. Every sex. (And all kinds of sex).
Vaginal, anal, oral…missionary, doggy, cowgirl…whatever kind of sex you have, our wipes are meant to tidy up after it!
Don’t let the name post-play fool you into thinking these aren’t multipurpose. Go ahead and use them on your hands, face and anywhere else on your body that needs freshening up. Use them in the bathroom, or even as a baby wipe; just remember to toss them in the trash rather than flushing them, and to never use them internally.
You can compost ‘em and you can trash ‘em, but you really shouldn’t flush ‘em.
Easy…they’re not made with those yucky hazardous or harsh chemicals that you’ll find in other wipes. Here’s a rundown of the nasty stuff we refused to put in our product:
- Polysorbate 20: a chemical that helps keep other wipes moist is also an allergen that can cause serious eye and skin irritation…eye think not.
- Tocopheryl Acetate: a synthetic form of Vitamin E that can potentially cause cancer.
- Glycerin: though some wipes claim to use glycerin as a skin conditioner, it can actually dry out sensitive areas that need moisture to fight off bacteria and infection.
- Fragrance: many wipes contain scent chemicals and ingredients that have been associated with allergies, irritation, and even potential effects on the reproductive system.
- Formaldehyde: used as a preservative in wipes, it is a serious allergen and irritant, and is a potential carcinogen as well.
The perfect size: 6” x 8” (15cm x 20cm)
Made from cotton, they are super absorbent and are made with ingredients that won’t just clean, they’ll actually do your body one better:
- Oryza Sativa is a rice extract that helps to smooth, soften, and nourish skin.
- Butyrospermum Parkii, commonly known as shea butter, contains lots of Vitamin A, E and F, all great for rejuvenating and protecting skin.
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera) soothes irritation and inflammation.
- Tocopherol, natural Vitamin E, repairs and enhances damaged skin cells.
- Organic Honey acts as a powerful antioxidant, and improves cell function, brightens skin cells, and protects against irritation and inflammation.
- Citric acid is a natural pH buffer, which helps to maintain a healthy vaginal pH. It also soothes, moisturizes, and enhances the activity of antioxidants.
- Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil smells yum and may even have antibacterial properties.
Note: these wipes do not prevent against STIs…that’s one of the things our condoms are in charge of instead!
Standard strength condoms, used properly, are just as reliable for anal sex as extra-strong and thicker condoms. Bottoms up?
There are a few super-important preventative measures that can help you lower the risk of MSM contracting and transmitting HIV:
- Use a condom. When used correctly, condoms are highly effective in preventing HIV and other infections that are transmitted through body fluids like gonorrhea and chlamydia.
- Get tested! And get treated for other STIs, and encourage your partner to do the same. STIs can cause long-term health problems, and can increase your chance of getting/transmitting HIV.
- Play nice. We don’t mean to be a boner killer, but…avoid any sexual acts that can cause scratching and tearing of anal walls, as this makes you more susceptible to contracting HIV and STIs:
- Do not share toys
- Do not douche
- Keep nails short
- Avoid toxic lubricant
Using a non-toxic lubricant during rectal sex provides and maintains moisture in the body’s membranes, decreasing the risk of dryness (ew) and damage (ow!). We say non-toxic because there are several studies that suggest certain lubricants containing hazardous chemicals may actually cause dryness and damage, increasing the risk of contracting/transmitting STIs and HIV. (But don’t worry guys; our lubricants don’t contain any toxic chemicals whatsoever).
Ultra Thin Subscription: You can decide whether you’d like to receive your 10-pack of condoms every 30 days or every 60 days. We will ask for your credit card information at checkout, but don’t worry! Your first 10-pack is free, and you will not be charged for it. We offer this free pack as a courtesy to our new subscribers. Sustain will not grant a refund/cancellation when a renewal order is placed, is being processed, or has shipped, which, depending on the service you choose, occurs automatically every 30 or 60 days after signing up for your subscription.
Essentials Subscription: This is a bi-monthly subscription, meaning you will receive this pack every 60 days. Sustain will not grant a refund/cancellation once a renewal order is being processed or has already shipped.
All subscriptions come with free shipping, every time. Initial orders and automatic renewal orders will arrive in 3-5 business days.
Every 30 to 60 days, depending on your subscription, you will receive a subscription renewal confirmation email, which indicates that you have been charged for a renewal order that is being processed, and will ship within 24 hours. Sustain will not grant a refund/cancellation once a renewal order is being processed or has already shipped.
You can cancel your subscription at any time. However, Sustain will not grant a refund/cancellation when a renewal order is placed, is being processed, or has shipped, which, depending on the service you choose, occurs automatically every 30 or 60 days after signing up for your subscription.
Here’s how to cancel:
Log into your account by clicking on the ACCOUNT tab in the upper right hand corner on our website. When you log in you will see your subscriptions and recent orders. Click on the subscription number you’d like to change or cancel. In the Actions row you can choose to cancel the subscription, change your address, or change your form of payment. If you do choose to cancel a subscription, you will notice a ‘Pending Cancellation’ notification. Our Orders team has received your request, and will confirm cancellation.
Click here for a cancellation walkthrough.
Credit Card Charges:
Ultra Thin Subscription: We will ask for your credit card information at checkout, but your first 10-pack is a free trial, and you will not be charged. For a monthly subscription you will be charged & sent another pack 30 days after your initial order, and then every 30 days after that. For a bi-monthly subscription you will be charged & sent a pack 60 days after your initial order, and then every 60 days after that.
Essentials Subscription: You will be charged when you place your order, and every 60 days after that when another pack will be sent to you.
Wetter is better! Lubricants add both more time and glide when you’re having sex, so use it generously. Most often one application is sufficient, but don’t hesitate to apply a second time.
Both lubricants are lightly flavored with organically compliant food grade natural flavors. Because we use flavors, both the flavor and the scent lightly enhances and is not distracting.
Nope. Our water-based lubricant is made with aloe. It goes on smooth and moist and dries without any sticky residue. All of our ingredients are good for your skin and feel good both during and after sex. Try it for yourself.
Most people do not react to any ingredients in our lubricants, although we have heard of some allergic reactions to aloe. Our preservative system is one of the most gentle on the market and is included in our formulations at the smallest percentages possible to provide solid protection without overuse of chemicals. Usually, when someone experiences an uncomfortable (warming or burning) reaction, it is the body reacting to the lower pH of the product. This may cause irritation when the vaginal pH is higher than normal.
The personal lubricant should be kept out of direct sunlight and at room temperature between 60 to 80 degrees.
Our personal lubricant’s pH is between 4.3 and 4.8, which is close to the healthy vaginal pH of 4.0. When your pH is above 5 or 6, this creates ideal conditions for bad bacteria to grow and overtake the healthy lactobacilli that need a much lower pH to thrive. In this situation, the lower pH of the lubricant might create a warming or even burning sensation. Many women do not realize this.
Our lubricant is made without any harmful petrochemicals or parabens and contains no glycerin. It is also isomolar, which means that it is bio-matched to the natural salt balance of the body and doesn’t disrupt the healthy ecosystem that provides a natural defense against bacteria.
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