Before moving into this eco-apartment, we set about on a search to find an eco shower curtain for our new home. Sounds easy, right? Just go online and search for “eco shower curtain” and you are set, right? Well, you get a lot of hits when you do that, and a lot of confusion too.
At first I was lulled into the organic cotton and bamboo curtains. They are pricey, but look like the best option. Until you realize that they need to be used with a liner. Buying two products to do the job of one is never an eco-friendly choice. I considered a hemp shower curtain. Not only are they expensive (about 3 times as much as organic cotton), but they only come in shades of beige/brown. Most importantly, hemp also soaks up water and is best used with a liner.
So then I began the search for the best curtain that could stand alone — basically a liner. Eco-friendly liners are widely available and begin at just $3 at Ikea for solid colors (but very thin) and $15 at Bed, Bath, & Beyond (where we got ours) with nice prints. They are made from a vinyl substance that does not include chloride (the stinky and carcinogenic component of the standard PVC liner (“That ‘new shower curtain smell’ is a shower of chemicals”).
Here’s what our lovely bamboo-motif liner made from EVA looks like and it’s working out great!
Note, I did find a company making shower curtains from the material used for backpacks in nice colors, but unfortunately, it is a small business and they had a new baby arrive and did not respond to my inquiry until it was too late for me.
Another note, we invested in metal hooks instead of the cheap plastic ones that tend to break when you open them repeatedly. I hope to have these metal ones for years to come, making them a wiser investment and a better eco-choice.
Click here for a great article on reusing old shower curtains.