You may love to compost, reuse, and recycle but is your birth control as green as the rest of your lifestyle choices? Women around the world rely on birth control to protect themselves, their loved ones, their families, and their future families. However, most contraception methods contribute to environmental damage. Condom rubber is harvested in the Amazon. Synthetic estrogen, progestin and other hormones are released into the world's waterways, in concentrated form or through urine expulsion, affecting water safety, impacting human health and contaminating wildlife. So we here at HuffPost Green decided to investigate the greenest forms of birth control.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, 200 million women worldwide do not have access to family planning tools, resulting in 52 million unwanted pregnancies each year. In the United States each year, 50 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned. Check out our slideshow of green birth control options and vote on your favorite. As always, we want to hear from you in the comments.