Looking for the perfect condom? We sat down with Bec Park, the Co-Founder of Jonny to chat ingredients, safety and ask what natural latex really means.
Read the interview below.
Jonny Condoms are a natural latex condom, could you explain how does latex differ to non-latex?
"Jonny is made from natural latex, originating from the rubber plant, which does breakdown over time, compared to the non-latex versions that don't break down. Jonny is also a non-medicated natural rubber latex condom. Non-latex is made from polyurethane, which is a plastic often found in paints and varnishes! Our mission is to provide a natural condom on the market that only uses ethically sourced materials."
The ingredients of the Jonny condom are why Hall of Harper stocks Jonny, could you tell our audience what is and isn’t inside Jonny?
"We wanted to create a condom that was as sustainable and natural as possible throughout the manufacturing and packaging process. For this reason, there are only a small number of ingredients in Jonny condoms that keep them performing well while being safe for our bodies and complying with strict International medical & manufacturing standards. These ingredients are natural rubber latex, corn starch for dusting, and silicone oil for lubricating. Our condoms do not contain casein (derived from milk and used for lubrication), or palm oil, also found in some lubricants. Some other nasties that we do not use are nitrosamines (which help the latex keep its elasticity), benzocaine (numbing agent found in lubes), parabens, glycerin, petrochemicals, flavours, fragrances, or spermicides. Many latex condoms use animal casein or milk derivatives in their processes for production. Jonny strictly does not. The condom itself is vegan and double-washed, therefore non-toxic."
Could you explain a little about the testing process of condoms when they are getting manufactured?
"Safety and efficacy are the cornerstones of Jonny. All Jonny condoms have been tested rigorously and comply with all Australian and international standards and testing to ensure maximum safety. Tests are conducted to ensure the strictest quality standards are adhered to during each stage of the manufacturing process. Each batch of condoms must pass international specifications in order to be able to be accepted. Quality control includes latex testing, tension testing, visual inspection, burst testing, pinhole batch testing and packaging quality checks."
Could you tell us a little about the disposable bag each Jonny condom comes with and why you chose to include this?
"Jonny's disposable bags are the discreet, eco alternative to flushing. Believe it or not, many people flush their condoms down the toilet, which is devasting for marine life, the ocean and sewage systems! So we came up with a way to divert them from our waterways and change the behaviour and perceptions around how personal items are disposed of. Every pack of condoms (except our bulk 30-pack & Perfect Ten) comes with an individual bag."