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Greening your sex life

G Magazine

Can it save the planet?

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Your grandparents did it. Your parents might still be doing it. If you're over a certain age, you could be lucky enough to be doing it too.

Whether or not you're planning on bringing a new person into the world, at one time or another in their lives, just about every person on the planet gets to do it, so in the immortal words of Salt-N-Pepa: "Let's talk about sex, baby".

According to green sex and life coach Jacqueline Hellyer, good sex is good for the planet.

"Most people are so stressed and unhappy that they really couldn't give a damn about the environment," she says.

"If everyone in the world was having great sex, it would be a much happier place to be and we'd be more respectful of ourselves and the planet."

Making time and space for love

The most important thing in the quest for planet-saving sex, according to Hellyer, is to make space for it in your life, both temporally and physically.

At the simplest level, this means having a boudoir that isn't strewn with last week's knickers or work detritus, and making time for sex rather than going for a perfunctory fumble between getting into bed and falling into an exhausted slumber.

But as with so many things, you get out of sex what you put into it.

Don't just tidy the bedroom - turn it into a sensual, soft space that you just can't wait to snuggle into.

Bamboo sheets are made from a fast-growing plant so a more sustainable than many alternatives, but even better, they are wonderfully silky and perfect for all climates.

Harsh lights do no favours to even the best bodies, so choose low-wattage, warm-coloured, energy-efficient bulbs to create a softer atmosphere.

Candles are perfect, and Blue Mountains-based company Ikou's candles are made from palm wax sourced from WWF-founded organisations and scented with essential oils.

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