If you're in the market for a new shower curtain, don't buy vinyl or PVC curtains or liners. The familiar strong plastic smell of new vinyl shower curtains is actually off-gassing of volatile organic compounds. These compounds have been shown to cause headaches and other respiratory problems. Harmful organotins and phthalates are released into the air and can cling to the dust in your home.
Green Living Tip
Target, and Bed,& Bath & Beyond have all vowed to phase out vinyl shower curtains that contain PVC.
To be absolutely sure your curtain is safe, find natural alternatives such as cotton, hemp or canvas. Avoid curtains that list "vinyl" or "pvc" or show a "3" in the recycling code. Follow the link below to read more about it.