Most of us look for the lowest priced shower liner we can find, feeling confident that nobody will see it behind our stylish material curtain. But what lies beneath can be much more sinister than you think.
Most cheap shower liners are made from a toxic plastic called PVC. It has long been the material of choice for shower liners for one main reason - it’s cheap to manufacture. However, what is best for a business' bottom line is rarely what is best for its customers.
5 Reasons you should avoid having PVC in your home:
The plastic smell - This is your body warning you!
Ever wondered why your shower liner has that pungent plastic smell when you first hang it up? That’s the PVC releasing over 118 different Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs can damage the liver, central nervous system, respiratory system, reproductive system and can contribute to developmental damage in children and infants.
Even after the smell fades, PVC continues to off-gas toxins into your home.
Whilst the smell may disappear after a week, the VOC’s continue to off-gas from the PVC for the entire lifetime of the product. On a day-to-day level, they can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea and loss of coordination.
PVC is particularly toxic for children and infants.
Some studies of imported PVC from China have found dangerous levels of phthalates. In 2008 phthalates were banned in all products used by children such as toys, games and children’s apparel. However, the law didn’t include items in the home that are used by both adults and children. Phthalates harm children’s health and development by interfering with natural hormone functioning and have been linked to birth defects in baby boys, testicular cancer, liver problems and the early onset of puberty in girls - which is a risk for later-life breast cancer.
Most PVC violates California’s Prop. 65, a law protecting Californians from known carcinogens.
Toluene and Ethylbenzene have been found in PVC shower liners. Two chemicals known by the state of California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.
PVC takes 450 years to biodegrade once you throw it away.
Not only is PVC toxic for your home and family, once you throw your old shower liner in the trash it pollutes the environment. PVC is very challenging and costly to recycle and most city recycling schemes do not have the technology to process PVC waste. In other wards, all the PVC shower liners you’ve ever owned are still somewhere on this planet - either in landfill, or worse, floating in the ocean.
A small investment in a more premium shower liner can remove all the risks associated with PVC.
At Dripp we make all our liners from top quality PEVA. We only work with one factory that exclusively produces non-toxic materials so there is no risk of cross-contamination.
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