Meet my new shower curtain.
I've been looking for a hemp shower curtain for 6 months now, and finally last week we found one. Of course you can always buy one online, but I wanted to find one in a real store. And I even found it for $30 cheaper than the cheapest one I had found online, so....yay!
Here's why I wanted it.
You know your plastic, ugly shower liner that hides behind your pretty shower curtain? Other than being gross, those things are not good for you. The Centre for Health, Environment, and Justice says, "The study found that these shower curtains contained high concentrations of phthalates and varying concentrations of organotins and that they released as many as 108 volatile organic chemicals into the air, some of which persisted for nearly a month.”
Seven of these chemicals, which include toluene, ethylbenzene, phenol, MIBK, xylene, acetophenone, and cumene, were identified by the EPA as hazardous air pollutants.
Potential health effects included developmental damage as well as damage to the liver and central nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems.
My hemp shower curtain is naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It's free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Water does not leak through it. It will get wet during your shower, and then it will dry. No big deal. Apparently 95% of the world's ships are made of hemp, so that convinces me it's okay to get it wet. And I heard that if I lick it, I can get high.