Ingredients

It’s surprising people don’t think about what their condoms are made of more deeply. After all, they only go on to the most intimate parts of your body. 

We tried more than 80 different condom brands to find one that has ingredients listed. We found that ingredients aren’t mandatory on condoms’ packaging as they are classified as medical devices by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemical and Fertilisers. At Salad, we believe in transparency.

Here is what goes into your Salad:

Ingredient

Uses In Daily Life

Vegan-Friendly? 

Aqua

You know, that thing that makes up 70% of our bodies.

Yes.

Rubber Latex

Latex is the sap from the hevea tree (also called rubber tree). After harvest, the material is sticky, deforms easily when warm and is brittle when cold. To make it thin, flexible and resistant, the latest is vulcanised during condom production. Many companies use casein, an animal by-product, in this process. We don’t. 

Yes.

Corn-starch powder

The thickening agent we add to gravies, sauces, soups, and marinades.

Yes.

Calcium carbonate

It’s the main component in eggshells, snail shells, seashells, and pearls.

Yes.

Light magnesium carbonate

Also known as milk of magnesia, it’s a common  antacid drug. 

Yes.

Magnesium oxide

It’s a commonly used antacid to treat indigestion, or as a laxative to relieve occasional constipation.

Yes.

Silicone emulsion

It is used to lubricate the condom. It is physically, chemically, and biologically stable. It does not require preservatives to prevent bacterial growth.

Yes.

Sodium benzoate

It’s widely used as a food pickling agent.

Yes.

Sulphur

Added during the vulcanisation process, it increases elasticity and prevents deformity of the condom. 

Yes.

 

Please note: this list is not complete. We are constantly updating it. 

Our condoms manufactured by a facility that is ISO 13485:2016, ISO 9001:2015, and EU 2007/47/EC certified. We source our rubber from sustainable rubber rainforests in India.

Interesting Idea: Condoms are one of the most ecologically unsustainable forms of protection because of various reasons:

  1. They’re not biodegradable. (Sort of good, because we don’t want to put a condom inside us that’s already breaking down?)
  2. They must come in aluminium packing (governmental and health mandates to ensure they are safe for use).
  3. Innovation in condoms is extremely expensive (that’s why you don’t see a lot of brands coming in the market).

We can’t change the product to make it more sustainable (ask us why: community@thesalad.org) but we’re working on minimizing the environmental impact of our business. We’ll be shipping orders on 2 days of the week only: Mondays and Fridays at 9 AM. This means that the transport delivery person will use less fuel in picking our condoms and delivering them to their warehouse. Baby steps. 

We’re also a socially responsible business and have committed 15% of our profits to improving access to sex-ed in schools and colleges in India.