PVC–vinyl–otherwise recognized as the triangle with the #3 inside of it on the bottom of many containers, is the worst of the worst in this plastic situation. Polyvinyl chloride is dangerous when it is being made, toxic when it is being used, and eternally poisonous once it is discarded. Many consumer health advocates have labeled it the “poison-plastic.” (really funny video and some great recommendations). The innocent shower curtain is one of our worst offenders. That new, “clean” smell released when you first hang the new shower curtain is actually the PVC off-gassing, releasing chemicals into your home. Some reports show that for a month the chemical levels in your home are dangerously high after hanging a new shower curtain.
There are other options:
At Ideal bite, a green website for easy, inexpensive tips everyone can follow, they recommend the plastic-free shower curtain , by using a hemp or cotton one with a nylon liner, for multiple reasons:
- chemical free
- easy to clean, never any mold
- looks much prettier (more natural)
- safe for the environment
Places to shop:
- drapersorganic.com (for my friends across the pond!)
- kushtush.com (very earth friendly site for bed and bath)
These au natural curtains tend to be more expensive. My idea was to come up with ideas in this blog post that don’t cost more $$. In the case of shower curtains, I couldn’t make that happen.
There is a recyclable plastic called EVA. It does not off-gas and is a better option than the posion plastic (obviously)If you still want to be healthy, and go the moderate green route, for less$$$ than the above choices, you can try the following:
In my opinion, this is an issue that should take precedence in your home. Please pass along any other good finds, this was a tough issue to approach b/c of the high expense of the good-for-you shower curtains. It’s worth singingreen!!