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It's great to have concern about the environment, particularly at a time when plastic use is a major worry. However, there are times when it's possible to take that devotion a little too far - let's just say there are things you should absolutely not be recycling.

If you're wondering what we're talking about, we're referring to the recent news that American organisation the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued advice stating that condoms should not be washed and reused.

Frankly, we're flabbergasted that people need to be told about this, but it seems this unusual form of recycling is something that really does go on. And if it's happening in America, you can bet your bottom dollar that it's happening over here, too.

"We say it because people do it," an official statement tweeted by the CDC said. "Don't wash or reuse condoms! Use a fresh one for each sex act."

In short, condoms are made to catch bodily fluids and so, just like toilet paper, they're created to be single-use products.

A CDC epidemiologist pointed out that condoms are designed to prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted infections, but they are only effective if used correctly.

Reused condoms may slip, split or break, plus soap and water are not effective at eliminating all the cells, viruses and bacteria that may be present on the products after use, so please: once you've taken them off, dispose of them quickly and responsibly.

The World Health Organisation has previously recognised the need for better education on effective condom usage, but we imagine they didn't think they would have to go back to basics quite like this.

A past study revealed that up to three per cent of people have washed and reused condoms, but with brands like Mates available on our site for as little as 32p, there's really no excuse to do this.

The first rubber condoms back in 1839 were made to be washed and reused, but we've come a long way since then, after all!