I thought of how vibrators use batteries as their main source of power, and I felt an obligation to advocate for other sources of energy for vibrators." When the alternative source didn't seem to exist, she created it herself: a silicone vibrator equipped with a solar panel containing 2.5 hours of vibrating bliss.
Jimmyjane, like JuicyLogic, is an inventive young company. Founded in 2004 by Ethan Imboden, an industrial designer and engineer, Jimmyjane is recognized as the industry's current technological leader. With patented external docking devices that power a lithium ion battery, Jimmyjane's vibrators are sleeved in silicone, hygienically sealed, and fully operable three meters underwater, displaying a thoughtfulness of design, a mechanical know-how, and a cavalier extravagance that distinguish them from others. Jimmyjane just released the Form 2, a smaller vibrator using similar technology. The nifty items in the Form series have more functions than most cell phones and rival Apple products in sleekness of design. Why the detail? Imboden answered, "We realized early on that if Jimmyjane is going to be a part of peoples' sexuality because sexuality is such an intimate and a vulnerable aspect of our lives there are a whole set of responsibilities that go with that. We don't market ourselves as an eco-company because for us, it's an assumption that that's our responsibility." They've certainly done their part: the Forms require not a single alkaline battery.
Thrillingly, the city's DIY-oriented sexual community is also producing ecosex craft innovations that are as groundbreaking as they are thought-provoking. Madame Butterfly (www.butterflyrope.com) is a textile artist who handspins bondage rope out of raw silk, bamboo, and other natural materials. On the more steampunk side of things, SFSU student Martin Cooper recently unveiled an attention-grabbing, water-powered fucking machine in a nine-foot wood and metal frame. If it looks a little medieval, well, that's part of the attraction.
Back at Good Vibrations, I asked Queen why San Francisco has become the crux of the ecosex movement. "It's the sex-positivity," she said. "I think it's because in the Bay Area I hate the word 'normal' when talking about sex but here this discussion is normalized in a different way than it is everywhere else." It's true that savvy entrepreneurs are just a small part of our larger, sex-positive culture. Still, the ecosexual movement may be the proof that our culture as a whole is pushing forward toward a more sustainable future. After all, everything starts with sex.