Director of Science
Did you know that most vinyl shower curtains are made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC)? PVC is often called the “poison plastic,” because it needs a lot of chemical stabilizers and plasticizers to make it useful, including toxic chemicals like phthalates and heavy metals like lead and cadmium, which are linked to reproductive and developmental problems The production of PVC is also highly toxic for the communities that live close to the manufacturing plants.
A study by our partners at CHEJ showed that PVC shower curtains can release as many as 108 volatile organic chemicals into our homes – some of them lingering for as long as 28 days after the shower curtain was unwrapped and hung in the bathroom! These chemicals have been linked to developmental damage as well as damage to the liver, central nervous system, respiratory, and reproductive systems.
And all you wanted to do was take a shower…
But don’t worry, you can opt instead for fabric shower curtains and ditch the toxic vinyl. Even big retailers now carry a range of fabric curtains to choose from.
Fabric shower curtains can be made out of cotton, polyester, rayon, or nylon. You can throw them in the wash every couple of months to keep them clean and fresh. And the best part? They won’t be off-gassing any phthalates or heavy metals that linger in your bathroom—or in your body.
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