'Something for the weekend'

A Biodegradable Condom

“Would you like something for the weekend sir?” This used to be the code for “Do you like to buy some condoms sir?” in barber shops across England. Latex condoms are single use, disposable products that we don’t normally think about its environmental impact after use. Biocondom are made from algae-based biomaterial that can biodegrade after use and serve as a sustainable alternative to latex condoms. I intend to develop a strong, low-cost and biodegradable condom that are made from plant-based materials.

Project Description

Biocondoms are made from algae-based biomaterial that can biodegrade after use and serve as a sustainable alternative to latex condoms. I aspire not only to create a product that can be a more sustainable alternative to latex condoms, but also aim to break the stigma around sex, making condoms an affordable and accessible tool for preventing STDs all over the world.

 

Global condom markets are dominated by just a few companies and manufacture of condoms relies on latex production in Southeast Asia. If condoms can be made with easily accessible raw materials from everywhere, then we don’t have to rely on latex produced exclusively in one part of the world. This will allow us to create a localized production and produce affordable condoms which could dramatically improve their accessibility in developing countries while minimizing their environmental impact.

The wrapper and biocondom share the same sustainably harvested ingredients. The composite material can be heated up and used again, creating a zero-waste production cycle.

 

This material is still under development. Tensile strength needs to be improved to meet condom industry standards.

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