I know a brand new couch, sofa etc has nothing to do with a shower curtains but it does have something in common, harmful toxins. In January I bought a new recliner love seat sofa from ‘Leons’. THe couch material is made of microfiber, ( I have a tendency of being clumsy so I didn’t go with leather). The 1st or 2nd week after I had this couch I got sick. A few weeks later I got extremely sick where I couldn’t even talk and wass bedridden for a few days. This is not the norm for me, I rarely get sick. To this day there is some odd smell that comes from this couch, smells like mold. I didn’t bother calling the store because I thought it was going to go away as it brand new.
A couch has that same affect, it releases toxin gases that made me sick. They say never by USED, but at this rate looks like you got to to avoid the harmful toxins you inhale.
As many as 100 harmful chemicals are released into the air from PVC shower curtains, according to a study released this morning.
Toxic chemical off-gassing may contribute to respiratory irritation, damage to the liver, central nervous and reproductive systems, according to the report, titled “Volatile vinyl: The new shower curtain’s chemical smell.”
The report was released jointly by the U.S.-based Center for Health, Environment and Justice, Canada-based Environment Defence and Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA).
Pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable, and heat or humidity can increase the release of chemicals, said the report.
Using PVC shower curtains purchased from U.S. retailers, researchers found numerous hazardous chemicals including volatile organic compounds (VOC), phthalate, organotins and metals. Seven of the chemicals are classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as hazardous air pollutants and several are considered human health concerns – but not regulated – under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
“Not only are vinyl products contaminating our indoor air, but they release toxic dioxins during manufacturing and incineration,” said CELA executive director Theresa McClenaghan.
“The federal government has a window of opportunity to proactively regulate these chemicals with a major bill before Parliament to amend the federal Hazardous Products Act.”
Environment Defence and CELA urged Ottawa to ban PVC in shower curtains and called on manufacturers and retailers to switch to safer products, such as those made of cotton. They are also asking for warning labels on PVC curtains. One of the brands tested was also found in Canadian stores, and major department stores in Canada sell a variety of vinyl shower curtains, said Environment Defence.
The American Chemistry Council, which represents chemical manufacturers, defends the safety of phthalate, an additive that makes hard plastics flexible. In testimony before the U.S. Senate last May, the council said American regulatory agencies “have reached conclusions supporting their safe use” and the “scientific evidence supports the continued use.”
However, the council admitted that media attention has created public concern about those chemicals.