Green Living: 11 Steps to a Greener Sex Life

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Green Living: 11 Steps to a Greener Sex Life
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You recycle, load up on organic fruits and veggies, and choose biking over driving, but are you going green in the bedroom, too? Here are 11 ways to get sexy and sustainable:

1) Meet your match online. Dream of saving the planet with Mr. Right, The Eco-Friendly Edition, by your side? Log on to find your greener half: dating sites like ecodater.com and greenfriends.com cater to singles looking for an eco-minded partner.

2) Slip into organic undergarments. Look for sexy and sustainable materials like organic cotton, hemp silk, or bamboo. Brands like Stella McCartney and Cosabella have plenty of eco-friendly options. Or hit your favorite vintage store, where you can almost always find sexy, retro styles (think pinup-inspired corsets and flirty slips).

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3) Take care of a hairy situation. You don't have to go au naturel to get in touch with Mother Nature. Save the planet on silky-smooth gams by shaving with the Preserve razor—it uses replaceable heads and an ergonomic handle made from recycled plastic (mostly Stonyfield Farms yogurt cups). Or pick up the Razor Saver, a device that resharpens dulled blade cartridges.

4) Swap your sheets. Consider redecorating your bedroom, the eco-friendly way. Trade Egyption cotton for organic cotton, or consider bamboo bed linens. They may cost a little more than their cotton counterparts, but bamboo's ability to last makes up for any price differences. Plus, unlike cotton sheets that feel rougher as their threads break down, bamboo sheets actually feel softer and silkier the longer you use them.

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5) Tantalize your taste buds. Enjoy a candlelight dinner packed with aphrodisiacs. Stefanie Iris Weiss, author of Eco-Sex, recommends turning up the heat with chili peppers. Sauces, sides, and dressings made from chili peppers (such as hot sauce or salsa) contain the chemical capsaicin, whose effects mirror the signs of arousal (sweating, tingles, rapid heart rate, and flushed cheeks). And serve up organic chocolate for dessert. According to research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, a compound in dark chocolate called phenylethylamine releases the same endorphins triggered by sex and increases the feelings of attraction between two people.

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