Green Living QA: Is There A Natural Alternative For Shower Curtains?
03/23/2012 | 08:59 PM
What is your suggestion for natural shower curtain alternatives? Cotton with no liner?
You know that distinctive smell of a plastic shower curtain and liner? It comes from the chemical PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which is a toxic, off-gassing material that emits VOCs, or volatile organic compounds into the air in your home. PVC is often coated with phthalates, toxic plastic softeners that have been linked to hormone disruption, cancer, and kidney and liver disease. Plus, they don't recycle well, so vinyl shower curtains often end up in landfills which contribute to global warming, or they're burned, which releases even more toxins into the air.
- Choose an all natural, non-toxic shower curtain from materials like hemp (naturally milde resistant), linen, flax, or organic cotton. In case you didn't know, traditional cotton is one of the most highly sprayed (with pesticides) crops on the planet.
- If you want to spend less, look for a urethane-coated nylon fabric that doesn't out-gas, or a recyclable HDPE plastic curtain (PVC-free)
- Look for shower liners made from PEVA, a non-vinyl, non-chlorine-based plastic. Or check out the Eco Shower Curtain Liner ($12) from Gaiam.
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