ONE Condoms is an innovative company on a mission to “make condoms as socially acceptable as toothpaste and safer sex as second nature as wearing a seatbelt.” I love to see safer sex product companies taking an active role toward social change. ONE is definitely taking some great strides toward this goal, with fun packaging, new ways of promoting their product, and donations to nonprofit organizations.
Global Protection Corp, which manufactures ONE condoms, is a well-established company of safer sex products founded in 1987. Global Protection Corp’s innovations include the first glow-in-the-dark condoms, the first customized condom packaging, and the first store focused specifically on selling condoms.
ONE condoms come packaged in uniquely round wrappers. There are over 200 different wrapper designs with all kinds of images, including lightning bolts, clovers, cats, apples, Tetris, and fortune cookies. There is even a “Pride Mix” with gay themed wrappers, and an “Urban Mix” themed around ethnic diversity. Some of the artwork is crowdsourced: ONE invites everyone to submit their own wrapper designs, and vote on favorites. I love the huge variety of fun and interesting designs, which I think is a great step toward changing the stigma around condoms, and encouraging sexually active youth to practice safer sex.
Varieties of ONE condoms include:
- Classic Select: Standard straight-shaped condoms
- Super Sensitive: Slightly thinner latex with 50% more lubricant
- ZERO: Flared shape with 25% thinner latex
- 576 Sensations: Textured shaft with 576 tiny studs
- Pleasure Plus: Roomy pouch at the tip with a few very fine ribs
- Pleasure Dome: Larger bulb at the tip for better comfort at the head
- Tantric Pleasures: Flared shape with tattoo-inspired texture
- Color Sensations: 10 colors such as purple, green, orange, and turquoise
- Flavor Waves: 6 flavors such as chocolate strawberry and island punch
- Glowing Pleasures: Glow-in-the-dark condoms
- The Legend: Extra large size condoms
Nearly all multi-packs of ONE also come with a round aluminum travel tin, which holds up to four condoms for taking them on-the-go.
The social aspect of ONE isn’t limited to the wrapper designs: ONE has a “Street Team” program, through which fans can complete tasks such as “Participate in our Facebook discussions” to earn free products. They also have an online Safer Sex Oath, where anyone can sign the pledge to educate and protect themselves and to speak out about safer sex and STIs. ONE also collaborates with a number of music artists, offering them free products to be distributed at their shows.
ONE Condoms also donates 5% of each sale to support mobile HIV testing, counseling and drug treatment in remote African communities. In 2009, worldwide sales of ONE condoms funded over 450 testing clinics, 45,000 HIV tests, and provided treatment for 4,500 HIV+ people in Africa.
From their super cool packaging and assortment of varieties, to their sex-positive mission and socially conscious donations, I have become a big fan of ONE Condoms. I always keep a couple travel tins loaded in my bag, for both personal use, and for handing out condoms to anyone who might want one. On a recent gleeful shopping spree, I ordered a pack of every single kind of ONE, so keep watch as I’ll eventually be adding reviews of specific varieties.