Those of you who have been paying attention to the news over the past week or so have probably heard about the study that shows vinyl shower curtains contain toxic ingredients that off-gas and sometimes make people ill. According to researchers at the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, shower curtains they tested that were made of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, contained high concentrations of chemicals that are linked to liver damage as well as damage to the central nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems. Seems like an incredibly high price to pay to keep water off the bathroom floor.
The problem is, there aren’t a whole lot of non-toxic options out there. Sure, you can find cotton shower curtains, but because cotton growing accounts for a significant percentage of the world’s soil-contaminating pesticides, that doesn’t seem like a great option either. Organic cotton or hemp, and increasingly, bamboo, are your other choices.
But if you like the availability of great, kid-friendly, colorful patterns on vinyl shower curtains, you’ll be happy to learn that more companies are creating products of a similar texture and style that is much safer, both for you and the Earth. The elephant shower curtain shown above is made of environmentally friendly, PEVA, which is a non-vinyl, non-chlorine-based product. It is as easy to clean as traditional vinyl, and the happy elephants won’t make your kids sick.
If you want something that looks a little more grown-up, try their Bardo shower curtain, shown in the second photo, also made of PEVA. In fact, the seller, VitaFutura, has a variety of PEVA shower curtains, some of which are shown in swatches above.
I will include more PEVA shower curtains from other sellers in the coming days.
Why It’s Green:
- Made of PEVA, a non-vinyl, non-chlorine-based material
- PEVA is biodegradable
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