About a year ago, a friend mentioned that plastic shower curtain liners are really harmful to our health. The comment lingered with me, but it didn’t become something I worried about until I noticed my clear liner was growing a gross colony of mold. So I started doing research to see how much truth her passing statement held.
It turns out that I had much more than a mold problem to worry about. You know that new shower curtain smell? Well, that’s actually the scent of chemicals being released into the air from PVC, a material used in most curtain liners. According to a study by The Center or Health, Environment & Justice in 2008, “PVC shower curtains can release toxic chemicals into the air that may lead to adverse health effects including respiratory irritation, central nervous system, liver and kidney damage, nausea, headaches and loss of coordination.” And that’s just the effects in a dry room; imagine how much those could be amplified in a damp, humid environment.
Yeah, so I decided it was time to make a switch to a healthier shower option. But I had a few other specific requirements: I wanted a colorful shower curtain that could stand on its own—no double layering with a cute cotton style here—and it had to work with my all-grey bathroom.