With the news that the vinyl shower curtains so many households use in their bathrooms are laced with toxins, many are seeking alternatives that are safer for their families. Traditional vinyl shower curtains were found to have contained toxins that can be linked to liver damage as well as damage to the central nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems, according to researchers for the Virginia-based Center for Health, Environment & Justice. Not really worth it for that new curtain smell.
Organic cotton and hemp are the obvious green alternatives, but the reason many people use vinyl in the first place is because of its convenience and affordability, two qualities that cotton and hemp cannot easily boast. For those of you who love IKEA, and there are many, you will be happy to learn that they carry several stylish shower curtains made of PEVA, an non-vinyl alternative that performs similar to standard PVC but without the chlorine and other toxins that make it hazardous to your health. PEVA is also biodegradable, making it not only safe for your family, but eco-friendly. They are unfortunately not available for sale online, but if you have a store in your area, by all means, go pick one up.
In keeping with the IKEA that you know and love, these shower curtains are not just affordable — they are less expensive than many of the vinyl shower curtains on the market today, so there is no reason not to make the switch. You can get a clear shower curtain for as little as $1.79. Also in keeping with the Ikea tradition, they are simple and stylish, so your bathroom decor won’t have to suffer for safety.
Why It’s Green:
- Made of PEVA, a non-vinyl, non-chlorine-based material
- PEVA is biodegradable
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