Toxic Shower Curtains & Healthy Alternatives

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Is your shower curtain slowly killing you?
Air Date: 3/30/16
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Lisa Beres, Certified Green Building Professional
ron-lisa-beresLisa and Ron Beres are Certified Green Building Professionals, Building Biologists and published authors of several books including Just GREEN It! and the children's book, My Body My House. In addition to testing the health of homes, their consulting business includes celebrities and Fortune 500's. They are award winning television media experts and have appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, The Suzanne Show, The Doctors, Fox & Friends, The Today Show with Matt Lauer, NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams, Discovery’s Greenovate and Chelsea Lately on E!
  • Book Title: Just GREEN It! Simple Swaps to Save the Planet + Your Health
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Toxic Shower Curtains & Healthy Alternatives
Most conventional shower curtains are made of vinyl (PVC).

Unfortunately, no other plastic releases as many and as dangerous of chemicals as vinyl.

The chemicals can affect your respiratory system, liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. They even have a cancer connection.

One study found that these shower curtains release up to 108 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. These chemicals can still linger in the air up to 28 days after being unwrapped and hung. Not only are you breathing in these toxins, but they're also getting into the pores of your skin. 

Lisa Beres, Certified Green Building Professional, joins Andrea and Lisa to share some healthy alternatives to vinyl shower curtains.

  • Hemp: Naturally resistant to mildew and bacteria. Machine wash. No liner needed.
  • Linen (organic): May be used with or without a liner. 
  • Birch
  • Organic cotton
  • PEVA (or EVA): Non-chloride plastic. Better alternative to vinyl but still affordable.