The last place that you want to think about the state of the environment is in the bedroom. Nobody wants to be reminded of the 10 million tonnes of plastics that wind up in the oceans each year every time they get down and dirty with their fave toy. Dead baby turtles? Mood killer. Nonetheless, the sex toy industry has been notoriously linked to plastic pollution for years. All those shitty vibrators and broken condoms have to end up somewhere...
Don’t beat yourself up about it though. Sex toys are meant to make yourself feel good, remember? In fact, every gal's fave way to make themselves feel goOooOd has just got a whole lot good-er. Enter Ohhcean: the world's first collection of sustainable sex toys made entirely from up-cycled ocean-bound plastics. That's right, saving the planet has never been easier... or sexier. All you have to do is close your eyes, get to that special place in your mind and let Ohhcean do the rest.
We sat down with Mathilde Mackowski:
The beauty and the brains behind Ohhcean to get the low down on all things (self) sex and sustainability.
Mathilde has worked in the sex toy industry for over a decade since she co-founded the super-successful sex toy giant Sinful in 2008. But now she’s turned her sights towards more sustainable futures.
Read on to hear what she had to say...
Ohhcean sex toys are the first of their kind! What inspired you to make sex toys out of ocean plastic?
The idea really came from a “why not”? Being in an industry that has the potential to make changes seemed like the perfect way to combine my passion for the environment with our passion for inspiring a more playful sex life for everyone. The fact that we could actually play a small part in helping clean up the oceans was just amazing. Ohhcean is a tribute to fun and playfulness and the possibility of making a change. It’s a small step but a great beginning.
How do you ensure sustainability in the Ohhcean supply chain? (i.e. manufacturing, packaging, shipping etc.)
A lot of research has gone into the process. A lot. When we finally found #tide, it was just a perfect match in terms of what we expected from the quality and transparency. Being one of the world’s leading organisations in upcycling and recycling ocean-bound plastic, we quickly found out that #tide could match our expectations and enthusiasm for the project. They’re an incredible partner in helping close the circle of plastic production. It’s quite amazing knowing that it’s a small contribution to cleaner oceans. #tide oversees the entire process of material gathering and processing.
What were you doing before you created Ohhcean?
Since 2008 I’ve been growing Sinful, that is now the biggest sex toy business in Northern Europe along with my business partner. We started because we wanted to inspire more playfulness in people’s lives. We reach adulthood so fast and everything quickly becomes very serious. Our dream was to help people (re)discover their playful side and inspire intimacy through play. And here we are 14 years later still doing that.
Why did you choose the three sex toy designs in particular?
The Ohhcean products so far are a reinterpretation of the bestsellers from the past 14 years. The magic wand and the body vibrator can be used on any external spot on the body, which makes them pretty great to add to both your partnered and solo fun. They are great in terms of adding extra stimulation to both your penetrative activities and to the fun of discovering each other’s bodies. And we added the G-spot vibrator to the mix because the exploration of this area has always been extremely popular both for beginners and pros.
Which of the three toys would you recommend for a newcomer to sex toys?
If you are completely new to sex toys, the body vibrator is a really lovely choice to start exploring with. Because it is petite in size, it is really easy to control and to target a concentrated area. The magic wand is such a multi-tool. It can work on numerous spots all over your body and for a simple massage too. And the G-spot vibrator is so smooth and lightweight for the ones who are into discovering their G-spot, so it’s not exclusive to the pros.
What’s next for Ohhcean?
We have launched the collection with 3 products to begin with so we could learn about people’s interest in this genre. We already feel the enthusiasm from all over the world and we have embarked on the next level concerning new products that are well on their way.
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Can you really put a price on sustainable self pleasure? Yes. You can. It's £25. Run don't walk, ladies.