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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic products readily evaporate; as a result, hazardous gases enter the ecosystem, and cause cancer in humans and other animals. Polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA) plastic has recently become a popular alternative to PVC since it is chlorine-free. In order to determine whether PEVA is harmful to humans, this research employed the freshwater oligochaete Lumbriculus variegatus as a model to compare their oxygen intakes while they were exposed to the original stock solutions of PEVA, PVC or distilled water at a different length of time for one day, four days or eight days. During the exposure periods, the oxygen intakes in both PEVA and PVC groups were much higher than in the distilled water group, indicating that VOCs in both PEVA and PVC were toxins that stressed L. variegatus. Furthermore, none of the worms fully recovered during the24-hr recovery period. Additionally, the L. variegatus did not clump together tightly after four or eight days’ exposure to either of the two types of plastic solutions, which meant that both PEVA and PVC negatively affected the social behaviors of these blackworms. The LD50 tests also supported the observations above. For the first time, our results have shown that PEVA plastic has adverse effects on living organisms, and therefore it is NOT a safe alternative to PVC. Further studies should identify specific compounds causing the adverse effects, and determine whether toxic effect occurs in more complex organisms, especially humans.

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Comments ‘Becca says March 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm Thanks for speaking up about shower curtains! I am surprised that the smelly ones continue to sell so well when the alternatives have become widely available and more affordable. I first started questioning vinyl shower curtains in the late 1990s and bought a cotton canvas curtain. We were surprised at how well it kept water inside the shower–it got wet all the way through, but the water didn’t spray through it. However, mildew was a serious problem because the fabric took a long time to dry. Each of these curtains had a sudden demise when we let it go too long without washing and the mildew damaged the fabric so that when it was machine-washed, it fell apart. More recently, we’ve used “hotel quality” shower curtains, which are either nylon or polyester. They feel like fabric but do NOT need a liner curtain to keep the water in. Smooth nylon seems to have the best mildew resistance; if it is textured and/or polyester, it will mildew a bit faster, but it’s still a big improvement over either cotton or vinyl. These days you can buy these at Bed Bath & Beyond or similar stores, though they usually don’t have many styles/colors to choose from. The best way I’ve found to clean a mildewed cloth item (shower curtain or anything else) is to soak it in hot water with either white vinegar or Biokleen Bac-Out for at least 20 minutes, then wash in hot water with a small amount of detergent. This seems to be more effective than combining vinegar with detergent. Reply

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Thanks for speaking up about shower curtains! I am surprised that the smelly ones continue to sell so well when the alternatives have become widely available and more affordable. I first started questioning vinyl shower curtains in the late 1990s and bought a cotton canvas curtain. We were surprised at how well it kept water inside the shower–it got wet all the way through, but the water didn’t spray through it. However, mildew was a serious problem because the fabric took a long time to dry. Each of these curtains had a sudden demise when we let it go too long without washing and the mildew damaged the fabric so that when it was machine-washed, it fell apart. More recently, we’ve used “hotel quality” shower curtains, which are either nylon or polyester. They feel like fabric but do NOT need a liner curtain to keep the water in. Smooth nylon seems to have the best mildew resistance; if it is textured and/or polyester, it will mildew a bit faster, but it’s still a big improvement over either cotton or vinyl. These days you can buy these at Bed Bath & Beyond or similar stores, though they usually don’t have many styles/colors to choose from. The best way I’ve found to clean a mildewed cloth item (shower curtain or anything else) is to soak it in hot water with either white vinegar or Biokleen Bac-Out for at least 20 minutes, then wash in hot water with a small amount of detergent. This seems to be more effective than combining vinegar with detergent.

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Brighten up a bathroom with the Mainstays Stained Glass Meadow PEVA Shower Curtain. It features a beautiful meadow and butterfly scene on a frosty background. This glass shower curtain is chlorine- and PVC-free. It has colors of green, pale blues and pinks that also include dragonflies, as well as flowers. This item is constructed with 12 rust-resistant metal lined reinforcements for shower curtain hooks.

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If you’re still looking for a plastic shower curtain to line the inside of your shower, you’ll want to look for a 100% Nylon curtain, or one made without PVCs, and instead made with polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA). They may be a few dollars more than the PVC curtain, but it is worth the extra cost to remove those toxic chemicals from your home.

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Some people hang up the shower curtain and turn on a fan to air out the smell, while others hang their shower curtain outside until the smell is gone. This helps, but many of those chemical gases are detected for days, weeks and sometimes longer. Washing the shower curtain is a bad idea, since heat and detergents could release toxins more quickly. (Always follow care instructions when you’re cleaning plastics or vinyl.) But not all shower curtains that contain vinyl are toxic. Vinyl is used with a lot of other chemicals to create a number of compounds. The culprit is polyvinyl chloride (PVC)—dubbed The Plastic Poison—and PVC is often listed as “vinyl” on packaging, making this whole issue a little complicated. As a rule of thumb, unless you absolutely know a shower curtain is not PVC, don’t buy it.

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No matter what type of shower curtain you use, you want to be sure to take care of it well so it will last you as long as possible. Even though a PEVA curtain may not off gas toxic chemicals, it will still have to be thrown away and end up in a landfill one day.

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Not only is our Serenity shower curtain 100% recyclable, but it won’t rust or mold. And depending on the type of shower (walk in, curbless etc.), the coiled wire fabric keeps almost all the water inside the shower. This odorless, non-toxic shower curtain is stylish and sexy as well — two things you can’t say about a vinyl shower curtain!

PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) is a vinyl made without chloride, so it doesn’t offgass. But like PVC, it’s waterproof and affordable. “I throw mine in the wash a few times a year with towels (for scrubbing) and a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Spotless and effortless,” notes one reader on Apartment Therapy.

One of the worst offenders is plastic, both environmentally and health-wise. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is in everything from plastic shower curtains to tupperware to children’s toys. You should avoid PVC shower curtains because “hot steamy conditions promote the release of phthalates,” according to Mother Nature Network.

Many shower curtains are made out of vinyl or PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a plastic that does in fact release harmful chemicals into the air for at least a month and possibly up to a year after you open it and hang it up in your home. A study by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) determined that PVC shower curtains can off gas as many as 108 VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

I first started questioning vinyl shower curtains in the late 1990s and bought a cotton canvas curtain. We were surprised at how well it kept water inside the shower–it got wet all the way through, but the water didn’t spray through it. However, mildew was a serious problem because the fabric took a long time to dry. Each of these curtains had a sudden demise when we let it go too long without washing and the mildew damaged the fabric so that when it was machine-washed, it fell apart.

We hope these non-toxic shower curtains gave you some ideas. Your other option, of course, is a glass shower door (although not even that is immune to mold). Or you can get really creative and buy a recycled boat sail as your non-toxic shower curtain.

The most eco-friendly shower curtains are ones made out of hemp. Hemp is naturally mildew resistant and can last for years, but the price tag for a hemp shower curtain may be a bit shocking. If it could last for a lifetime though, maybe you could see it as a one-time investment and you’d never have to buy a shower curtain again?

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