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Non-Toxic Showering Part II: PEVA Shower Curtains from Ikea

PEVA shower curtains from IKEA

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.

Curtains can give your home the perfect elegant finishing touch. However, if you don’t clean them regularly they will start to become a breeding ground for bacteria and other fungi that could be making you sick! You’re in luck though because they have low prices on professional cleaning of all types of curtain linens.

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

Price: $1.79-9.99

**READ PART I OF THIS SERIES

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.

9 Comments

  • zobars
    June 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I found your blog thru simplemom and I love it. I am going to get me one of those PEVA curtains from IKEA since I would like to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle and IKEA makes things in my budget. thanks for the idea.

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  • Aaron Dalton
    June 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Fantastic find, Jennae. I was just wondering about where I could get a non-toxic shower curtain. And with a new Ikea opening in Brooklyn, the timing is perfect!

    – Aaron Dalton, 1GreenProduct.com

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  • jennae
    June 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    @ zobars: Thank you for your support. I’m going to be keeping an eye on IKEA’s catalog for more green items, because noone can dispute that IKEA is budget friendly 🙂

    @ Aaron Dalton: I’m going to be posting more non-toxic shower curtains in the next few days

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  • Michael
    June 18, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, vinyl shower curtains do not pose a health hazard, and the report saying so was bad science!

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  • jennae
    June 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    @ Michael: Thanks for giving us that link. I welcome your contribution. Even in the case that the study was bad science, I say why take the chance when there are so many other options out there at a comparable cost that there are no health questions about.

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  • Oonafey
    January 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Even if the report were inaccurate, vinyl is neither biodegradable nor recycleable. Why not not choose an option that is kinder to the earth?

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  • Bob Munger
    April 21, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Help. . .looking for a custom sized hemp shower curtain. . .
    100 x 100 in, give or take a couple each way

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  • Holly Hamilton
    January 1, 2012 at 11:42 pm
  • Amanda
    December 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    PEVA – Does the V not stand for vinyl which would be a product in the material??

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