A greener, anti-allergen latex condom hits the market
Wednesday 13 October 2010
Consumers with allergies to natural rubber latex, aka NRL, may get some relief from a new type of latex condom that retains all of the advantages of traditional latex and (almost) none of the allergens. Plus, an added bonus is that the new condom is claimed to be more environmental friendly.
Natural rubber latex is a problem for about three percent of the population because, of the more than 200 proteins contained within NRL, 13 are known to be allergens.
However, US biotech company Vystar Corporation announced in a news release on October 8 that it has developed a series of patents on a new type of low-protein variant of NRL with the brand name of Vytex. Its first commercial product, the Envy Ultra Thin Condom, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The Envy condom is sold on the company's website and via online retailers such as Condomania.com (international shipping available). A box of 12 condoms sells for $12.99 USD (about 9.50 euros). Manufacturing trials are underway worldwide for gloves and other products made with Vytex NRL, including medical gloves, condoms, balloons, foam mattresses and pillows, bandages, adhesives and more, according to Vytex spokesperson Laura Colontrelle in an email.
Vystar claims its new product is also more environmentally friendly than traditional NRL, requiring fewer dyes, pigments, and perfume additives when used to manufacture products. Natural rubber latex is an extract of the Para rubber tree, but most of the world's latex products are synthetic, made from a variety of chemicals, most of them petroleum-based.
Consumers with latex allergies, in both its natural and synthetic forms, have also relied on lambskin condoms, such as Trojan Naturalamb, and synthetic condoms made from polyisophrene, such as LifeStyles (SKYN) and Durex (Avanti Bare) brands. But the Envy condom is the first allergen-free condom on the market made from natural rubber latex.
To learn more about the Envy Ultra Thin condom and to order online: http://www.envycondoms.com/
For more about Vytex: http://www.vytex.com/
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