The much loved PVC shower curtain has come in for a bit of criticism in the past years and it’s no wonder seeing as the Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that gases given off by PVC shower curtains can be dangerous to your health. The volatile organic gases can lead to respiratory problems, central nervous system damage, as well as damage to the liver (among a number of horrific implications to the health of users). Here’s some scary information – the amount of gases given off by the average PVC shower curtain were 16 times the recommendations by the ‘US Green Building Council’.
However – if you are searching for a great value for money alternative to the traditional PVC shower curtains just what is available?
#1 PEVA Shower Curtains.
A great alternative for those who want that PVC functionality without the adverse health issues. The absence of chlorine in this type of material makes it far less prone to releasing health unfriendly volatile gasses into the atmosphere. Is also available in a number of different prints and colors. Not as cheap as PVC shower curtains but still excellent value for money.
#2 Cotton Curtains.
They do absorb a fair amount of water but they’re lightweight so they dry pretty quickly. They’re also environmentally friendly if you stick to the unbleached versions. There are a number of different weights of cotton, as well as a variety of different quality variants. For those who really want to go the extra mile in search of quality Egyptian Cotton shower curtains are available – but you’re going to have to stretch that household budget.
Lightweight like cotton – but a synthetic material that doesn’t get soaked as easily as any of the natural alternatives. Easy to clean as they can simply be popped into a washing machine.
Becoming increasingly popular as it is resistant to the growth of mildew and mold. It’s also biodegradable so it has impeccable ‘green’ credentials. However this alternative can be a bit pricey.
Lovely feeling material and can give a really classic look to any bathroom. Natural materials that takes a bit of care to keep clean. Can also be a bit on the expensive side, but if you can avoid the heavier weaves you can still get bargains. Once again avoid linens that are bleached.
#6 Used Sailcloth.
An alternative that is slightly unusual this is a great choice due to its incredibly hard wearing nature. You can pick up sailcloth shower curtains from online retailers and you might even be able to order a set made up to your individual specifications on sites like etsy.
It may be challenging to get hold of some of these alternatives to PVC shower curtains. However the extra effort is more than worth it. Many alternatives are sheer luxury and others will help you and your family avoid the health issues that have associated with the traditional PVC shower curtains.