Monday, April 14, 2008

Replace Your Shower Curtain

Do you use a vinyl shower curtain? Vinyl shower curtains are toxic to the environment and you because they are made from petroleum. Petroleum products produce an "off-gas" chemical and as such can generate lasting toxic fumes in your home. Additionally, the heat of the water hitting it as you shower exacerbates this problem. Plastic should never be heated up for any reason as when this substance is subjected to heat it begins to degrade and toxic fumes increase as well as leaching into other surrounding substances increases.

According to The Daily Green: "One of the chemical additives, DEHP, a phthalate, is a suspected carcinogen and has been linked to hormonal disruption in humans. An EPA study found that vinyl shower curtains can elevate air toxins in your home for more than a month."

Good alternatives for vinyl or plastic shower curtains are hemp, bamboo, linen (also check out their cork bath mats as well!), and cotton. Organic fabrics are a plus and are well worth the investment in your health. These fabrics are specially chosen because they are naturally resistant to mold and mildew. When properly cared for they are sturdy and long-lasting.

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