The words “father daughter condom business” probably don’t come to mind if you’re trying to think of a great family business idea to start with your children or parents.
In fact, just reading that phrase, you’re probably thinking what I was thinking.
Yet for Jeffery Hollender, 60, and his daughter Meika, 27, it’s not only a legitimate business but a very profitable one, even if it does garner a lot of odd looks from people who are finding out about it for the first time.
The duo were featured in a recent piece by the New York Daily News explaining how the business venture shouldn’t be that strange at all.
According to dad, it’s “symbolic” of the openness that parents and children should have when it comes to talking about sex and treating the act of it responsibly.
“Their focus isn’t the taboos, but the fact that condoms play a very important part in our society and it holds a potential to affect variables of sustainability,” adds Randomly New.
Together, the two reports detail the so-called “green condom” business that dad and daughter have created. Sustain Condoms are crafted from “a sustainable rubber plantation in southern India, groomed through environmentally sound forestry,” RN writes, adding that the source does not involve child labor “and the workers are paid… defined wages.” The father daughter condom duo employ 180 workers and offer free medical care and education to these individuals and their families.
Each Sustain Condom is free from toxic chemicals and sourced using Fair Trade latex. They come in three varieties, which include the “Tailored Fit,” “Comfort Fit,” and “Ultra Thin.” Father and daughter say their condoms are “free from the dairy by-product casein, making them vegan friendly.”
The company, whose main office is based in New York, donate 10 percent of their pre-tax profits to U.S. women who have no access to reproductive health care.
— sustain condoms (@sustaincondoms) November 20, 2014
Meika said that she hopes “to use Sustain to change the way condoms are marketed,” pointing out that “40 percent of condoms are purchased by females, yet most are advertised to men through the use of scantily clad women and come-hither stares,” the NY Daily News reports.
As for whether there is ever any topic off-limits for the father daughter condom duo, Jeffrey notes that they leave design to the professionals, thus sparing them “from conversations about shape and lubrication that would be especially uncomfortable for father-daughter business partners.”
“There are certain things that are off limits for discussion,” said Jeffrey. “Which I think is appropriate.”
(Doesn’t completely remove the ew factor, but at least I can get rid of that mental image now.)
What do you think about the father daughter condom business? Too weird or inspiring?