PVC Health Risks – Vinyl Shower Curtains

pvc health risksIf you’re one of the millions of Americans who have a vinyl plastic shower curtain hanging in your bathroom, you may be shocked to discover the toxicity of the materials used to make it.

PVC vinyl gives off a litany of toxic chemicals. When heated (like when you take your shower in scalding hot water!), it only enhances those chemical effects. Breathing in those chemicals for even a 5-minute shower session can damage your nervous system, brain, liver, respiratory and reproductive systems.

There are several chemicals to blame, but the main one is polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This chemical is added for a variety of reasons, but the main one is to make the shower curtain soft and pliable. Vinyl shower curtains made with PVC have high concentrations of phthalates which have been linked to reproductive problems.

Have you noticed all the reproductive issues we have going on? To name a few…

  • Women are having longer and more miserable “transitions” into menopause.
  • Fertility problems are unlike any we have ever seen before.
  • Young girls are starting their periods earlier and earlier (I have seen as young as 9 in my clinic).
  • More men than ever before are getting prostate cancer, and on and on.

I’m not saying that vinyl shower curtains are to blame for all of these health issues. Nonetheless, we need to be more conscious about our exposure to toxic chemicals that radically alter and harm our physiology.

So what’s the answer? Simple. Replace all your vinyl/plastic shower curtains with cloth ones. Yes, they will be more expensive. But, you can wash and re-use them over and over again and you won’t be inhaling toxic chemicals every time you take a shower. This is a simple but powerful solution.

A quick online search on Amazon.com or other retailers for “Cotton Shower Curtain” or “Cloth Shower Curtain” should yield plenty of results.

PVC health risk resources:

The Daily Green

Center for Health, Environment & Justice Study