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That familiar smell from opening a new shower curtain could be hazardous to your health. And
that’s why a consumer group is urging retailers to stop selling PVC shower curtains.
The Center for Health, Environment & Justice has just published “Volatile Vinyl: The New Shower Curtain’s Chemical Smell”, which claims more than 100 chemicals are released into the air when consumers open the packages containing the curtains. The CHEJ is also calling on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall the curtains from store shelves.
The CHEJ says it discovered the hazards in a study of shower curtains made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. The curtains reportedly contain many harmful chemicals including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), phthalates and organotins. The study found that exposure to the chemicals creates health problems such as respiratory irritation, central nervous system, liver and kidney damage, nausea, headaches and loss of coordination.
The CHEJ purchased PVC shower curtains at Bed Bath & Beyond, Kmart, Sears, Target and Wal-Mart to be used as samples for the testing.
Originally posted by Toadmund
I love the smell of gasoline and its a safer alternative to shower curtain fumes I'll bet.
How can automotive gasoline affect my health?
Many of the harmful effects seen after exposure to gasoline are due to the individual chemicals in the gasoline mixture, such as benzene and lead. Inhaling or swallowing large amounts of gasoline can cause death.
Inhaling high concentrations of gasoline is irritating to the lungs when breathed in and irritating to the lining of the stomach when swallowed. Gasoline is also a skin irritant. Breathing in high levels of gasoline for short periods or swallowing large amounts of gasoline may also cause harmful effects on the nervous system.
Serious nervous system effects include coma and the inability to breathe, while less serious effects include dizziness and headaches.
There is not enough information available to determine if gasoline causes birth defects or affects reproduction.
Originally posted by RRconservative
Forget about the shower curtain, what about the water itself? All city and municipal water has chlorine in it. The EPA has set the limits on chlorine, up to 33% higher that what is needed to clean a normal swimming pool.
Ever get dizzy after taking a nice hot shower? It's because your skin absorbs chlorine and you are continuously breathing all that chlorine in the water vapors.
I guess the Center for Health, Enviroment, and Justice, just wants to go after businesses, nevermind the goverment.
Originally posted by Desert Dawg
Install glass or polycarbonate (high strength plastic commonly called Lexan) shower doors?
There seems to be a lot of outgassing of the plastics used in modern automobile and truck dashes.
We bought an 88 Mustang GT brand new, kept it for 14 years and the plastic dash was still outgassing and depositing vapor on the inside of the windshield all that time.
[edit on 15-6-2008 by Desert Dawg]
Originally posted by Keyhole
I'm sure the "dose" you receive from opening one pvc shower curtain is "minuscule" in comparison to the dose it would take to actually do you harm, notice how they never give out that info. Drinking too much water is also hazardous to your health, but in smaller quantities is harmless (even beneficial and a necessity).
I worked with PVC pipes for 10 years installing pump stations in groves, we were using large PVC pipes, 12 inch schedule 40 or larger sometimes, and we used circle saws to cut the PVC pipes, I'm sure I inhaled a lot of the chemicals in PVC by doing this over those 10 years, and have no ill effects from it!
I'm not sure how different the chemical composition is between the two products though.
[edit on 6/15/2008 by Keyhole]