Over The Tub Curtains vs. Glass Screens: Which Is Greener?

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The Most Green Method for Dealing With Your Home Bathrooms

Photo by DJ Empirical "Over the Tub Curtains"

Photo by DJ Empirical

Everyone may think that shower curtains are the least expensive product to use on their shower. However, many people are unaware that shower curtains can be harmful to both humans and the environment, but there are other options that are more environmentally friendly, safe, and cost-effective.

Over the tub shower curtains contain polyvinyl chloride also known as PVC plastic. During the manufacturing process of these PVC vinyl curtains, dioxins are created, which are the number one carcinogens to humans.

These vinyl products, especially ones with ‘the new car smell’, release harmful contaminants into the air (over 100 toxic chemicals); and in a small bathroom environment, such pollutants can be very harmful. There are even recent studies which say the phthalates found in PVC plastics (used in making vinyl curtains flexible) disrupt the human endocrine (hormone) system, contribute to children’s body weight obesity issues by 10%, and contain reproductive toxins.

Additionally, these vinyl curtains fill the landfills and are not recyclable, making them very bad for the environment. Disposing of them is environmentally hazardous and adds to non-disintegrating waste.

Neo-Angle Frameless Shower Door

Angled Glass Shower Door

On the other hand, glass screens and glass products like this neo-angle frameless glass shower door seen above, are environmentally friendly, fully recyclable, arsenic-free, and safe for you and your family.

Glass solutions verses vinyl curtains are a no-brainer. The average curtain has to be replaced every year or so. If you added the cost of doing that over the course of many years, you would have an inferior product that you ended up paying more for. Glass screens may initially cost more, but the benefits are immediate. Shower curtains are a haven for bacteria and mold build-up ñ which is one reason you have to throw them out regularly.

Conversely, glass screens are hygienic just a wipe away from being like new, and are 100% recyclable unlike their lesser shower curtain counterparts. And instead of having to replace them yearly, a well-crafted glass shower enclosure can last fifteen years without having to be replaced.

There are other options as well. For example, there are shower curtains made of organic cotton, bamboo, and even hemp (which is naturally anti-fungal and mildew resistant).

These glass and alternative solutions will add luxury into your home, instead of the smell of chemicals, while helping you live a healthier, happier life.

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This has been a guest post for Easy Ways to Go Green.
About the Author
Bahram Nasehi is a Vice President and partner at Dulles Glass and Mirror. He is instrumental in the developement and manufacturing of custom cut glass products including wall and bathroom mirrors, vanity mirrors and glass shower doors.


  1. Great article. What to do if you can’t do a bathroom remodel (like me I live in an apartment), any other suggestions for non plastic shower curtains?

  2. Can you tell me what size this neo angle shower is pictured above? Thanks.

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