Most conventional shower curtains and liners are made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which has been shown to release over 100 chemicals into the air. These chemicals can linger in the air for up to 28 days and can cause serious health concerns including headaches, rashes, skin irritation, dizziness, and fatigue.
If you are looking to avoid PVC, you may be able to find some natural alternatives that have been tested and approved as nontoxic by experts and environmental advocates. They are also often more affordable than vinyl and less likely to off-gas.
The most common, machine-washable, water-resistant material for shower curtains is polyester. It’s a synthetic fabric that is also treated for mold and mildew prevention.
Nylon is another popular option but is produced from petrochemicals, a major source of pollution in our oceans and atmosphere. The most eco-friendly options are those that use OEKO-TEX and/or Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certifications, which ensure that no toxic chemicals were used in the production process.
Hemp is a renewable resource and it doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals like PVC or other plastics that can pollute our waterways and affect the environment. This hemp shower curtain from Rawganique is GOTS certified, so it’s safe for you and your family!
Liners that weight down with magnets keep the shower curtain in place and are a great way to save money on cleaning and maintenance. They are especially good for bathtubs as they can be placed along the bottom of the tub to prevent water from escaping.