Unfortunately, condoms are not recyclable. Condoms are typically made from latex material, and though they are not recyclable, latex is biodegradable. Lambskin condoms are biodegradable as well. If you’re trying to be environmentally friendly with your use of condoms, the best option is to simply throw them away. Flushing them would just waste water, not to mention the fact that some condoms remain with other waste that gets sent to the Atlantic Ocean or other large bodies of water. As they’re biodegradable, they’ll decompose – it’s better for them to end up in the landfill than in the ocean.
There was actually a weird story that came out in China back in November 2007 about how some manufactured hair bands there were found to have been made from recycled condoms. This “secret ingredient” was revealed when a young woman in Dongguan took the initiative to investigate the hair bands given to her by a local salon. She became curious after one began to come apart revealing a weird color inside. She started to pull apart the pieces of the hair band until she saw something that looked like a condom. For more of the story, please click in the link below.
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