Thursday, March 4, 2010
PVC Free Shower Curtain Options
PVC also known as Plyvinyle Chloride is the third most widely used plastic. You would be surprised to know that PVC is in your closet right now. Those leather like jackets, coats, shoe's, apron's and many types of bags are full of PVC. Sex toys are also made from many many types of PVC or phthalate softeners which is a huge concern because they are touching your body from the inside making it easier for leaching. Half the PVC manufactured in the world is used for plumbing pipes. This means that your drinking water could be running through PVC pipes and when heated it leaks toxins into the water. Many of the chemicals added to PVC (to make flexible etc) leach and can make you sick. Toys years ago were made with many plastics made from PVC and children would chew on them and toxins would leach into their mouths. In 2006 European Commission banned the use of 6 types of phthalate softeners in toys. Many studies have linked PVC Plyvinyle Chloride to liver angiosarcoma and alsooccupational cancers. Now that you have learned about PVC, avoid it at all cost.
If your in the market for a shower curtain or want to replace your nasty PVC one with a greener version, your in luck. They make a new EVA option. EVA is a more environmentally friendly plastic that is produced without chlorine. EVA has become more widely available and you can find it just about anywhere now. I did all the dirty work for you. Here are some places to buy safe shower curtains. Remember to factor in shipping cost as well. Might be a good deal online but then the shipping cost could get you.
They sell a PVC free curtain liner (could be used by itself) for only $2.36 here. Or if you want just a shower curtain itself, you can find 5 different EVA ones here from $10-$20.
Crate and Barrel
Two options to buy them here for about $10.
Several EVA options here ranging from $7.20-$29.99. Best selection I found so far.
I only found one liner here but is still a pretty good price considering you do not have to pay shipping cost.
I am guilty just like all of you of buying those nasty smelly plastic liners and curtains. But next time I need to replace my liner, its gonna be a EVA one! I think I might just go up to my Target today and replace my new one anyways. Stomach is just curdling thinking about the nasty PVC monster thing in my bathroom. I feel so guilty even having in there exposing my children to the off gases. Okay, I am out of here. I cannot wait any longer. Later!
UPDATE:Just went to my local Target and the only EVA or PVC free liners I could find were $5.99. Still pretty cheap considering you do not have to pay shipping and such. Its a little frustrating considering you can only get that liner they show in stores only and cannot order online. Yet when you go to get it, its 3x the price. Might have to send a friendly email stating my frustrations. No, I did not buy it. Why? Because its false advertising if you ask me.