Friday, August 13, 2010
Cotton Shower Curtains Are Healthier and Safer Than Vinyl
After years of being exposed to toxic vinyl shower curtains and suffering painful respiratory health problems, I researched healthy alternatives and made some wonderful discoveries. Vinyl is becoming less popular everyday and cotton, especially organic cotton, has gained in popularity. According to Greenpeace, vinyl contains toxins, such as PVC and phthalates, that do not biodegrade, and transform into extreme toxic pollution for the groundwater, wildlife, and the very air we breathe. As a severe asthmatic and chemically sensitive sufferer, I am very grateful to have the choice to use a cotton curtain and be able to breathe much easier. Recently, my husband and I were very fortunate and delighted to pick up a cotton shower curtain from a local freecycler. After letting it air out in the fresh air outside and outgas the toxic synthetic fragrance it was exposed to, he was happy to hang it on our shower.