7 Eco-Friendly Shower Curtains To Green Your Bathroom

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Shower curtains are made from PVC, a hard thermoplastic from chlorine and carbon. PVC is made softer and more flexible by adding toxins and phthalates, which off-gas VOCs into the home, which we also inhale; switching to Eco-Friendly Shower Curtains is better for you and the planet.

We don't typically think of our shower curtain as being toxic or hurting the environment; it's one of those things we buy because we need it and don't give it much thought. But a sustainable shower curtain is a great place to start if you want to reduce chemicals in your home and your exposure to them.

Choosing Eco-friendly Shower Curtains can be tricky — Here's what to look for

When it comes to eco-friendly bathroom shower curtains, materials matter. Like with ethical fashion, it is best to opt for materials like organic cotton, linen, hemp, jute, and bamboo (just make sure it's actually sustainable). If unsure, look for third-party certifications like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and OEKO-TEX 100. And never be afraid to ask the brand directly; transparency is key! Natural fabrics are biodegradable, meaning they break down, unlike plastic.

Many of my readers complain that fabric shower curtains don't keep the water from going everywhere, so when choosing the best eco-friendly shower curtains, you also want to consider functionality.

Fabrics like hemp, linen, and even jute will naturally repel water. Hemp is also naturally anti-bacterial, so it will help reduce mold build-up.

To reduce mildew and mold in your bathroom, ensure it's well-ventilated and has a fan. Eco-friendly fabric shower curtains can be washed, unlike their plastic counterparts.

For this post, I chose brands that I know and love. Ones that take ethical manufacturing into account, ones that treat their workers with care, and ones that take the environmental impact into account, too.

Best Eco-Friendly Shower Curtains

Scrub-a-dub-dub, let's jump in the tub!

1. Duwax

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If you're looking for a shower curtain that combines eco-friendliness with style, let me tell you about the DUWAX Eco-Friendly Textile Shower Curtain. This isn't just any shower curtain; it's a handcrafted masterpiece made from 100% cotton. The feel? Oh, it's wonderfully natural, thanks to the undyed cotton. And guess what? It hangs perfectly straight without any extra weights. The best part? It won’t annoyingly stick to you during your shower.

What impresses me about this curtain is its eco credentials. The cotton fabric is wax-impregnated in an eco-respectful way, completely ditching plastic. It's all done in Germany, following strict quality and ethical standards. Talk about commitment to the environment and quality!

The curtain is also super practical for modern bathrooms, especially those with walk-in showers. It’s got this self-healing impregnation, which means it stays effective as long as you keep it dry and away from standing water. Over time, it develops this cool, individual patina that gives your bathroom a unique touch.

You’ve got options too! It comes in sizes like 180x180 cm (72"x72") and a few others, and you can even customize it with a pair of scissors or request a custom-made shower curtain using your specific measurements. The curtain has rustproof metal eyelets, but you must grab the hooks separately.

Now, let's talk about taking care of this beauty. It’s low-maintenance, which I love. Just let it air dry after your shower. And for cleaning, keep your washing machine off; a bit of citric acid, a brush, or a sponge is all you need. This method is gentle on the curtain and great for the environment. If you ever face tougher stains, there are some recommended products, but the key is gentle care.

2. Dream Designs

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Dream Designs 100% hemp shower curtain is made in Canada. I love hemp, it stays fresh longer than cotton, it's so durable, it's machine washable (cold or lukewarm water, at least twice a month) hangs to dry in the bathroom, and it's tightly woven to repel water naturally. You will not need a plastic liner with this curtain. These also come in a range of really pretty colors and are adorable at $109. Use the code THEECOHUB for 10% off.

Dream Designs has been creating organic natural home goods for 38 years. I guess you could call them the OG of sustainable goods in Canada. They are based out of Vancouver. Their organic materials, including fabrics, batting, and towels, are certified by GOTS and OEKO-TEX to ensure strict environmental and social standards.

They work with trusted overseas partners that meet North American labor standards for anything sourced outside of Canada.

If hemp is not your style, they also offer a linen shower curtain made from 100% natural linen canvas. Also tightly woven so no water gets through. They recommend you wash this curtain once a week and let it air dry in the bathroom. Linen is very light and breathable and offers a pretty aesthetic for a bathroom. The cost is $109. Use the code THEECOHUB for 10% off.

3. Rawganique

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Rawganique is another Canadian ethical company that I simply love. They have been my go-to for many sustainable items for my home. They offer a wide range of eco-friendly items, including ethically made shower curtains, from women's and men's clothing (like tees and summer sandals) to accessories like socks and bath items.

You have two eco-friendly shower curtain options from Rawganique. First, their organic cotton curtains, priced at $109, are made from 100% cotton canvas in natural, Earth brown, and brown. These curtains are entirely organic, encompassing everything from growing to sewing. They also offer a longer size for more coverage. To maintain them, use a bathroom fan after showers to dry the curtain.

The second option is their hemp shower curtain, available for $99 in 16 colors. Made from 100% organic European hemp, these curtains are biodegradable, hypoallergenic, plastic-free, metal-free, sweatshop-free, and vegan. Regular washing every few weeks prevents soap residue build-up and mold.

Rawganique stands out for its commitment to sustainability, offering GMO-free, pesticide-free, formaldehyde-free, PVC-free, and dioxin-free products. They avoid using heavy metals, acids, or caustic soda in their manufacturing, ensuring a truly eco-friendly product.

4. Parachute

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Based in the USA, Parachute offers an affordable, sustainable shower curtain ($99) made from 100% Flax linen. Their Oeko-Tex certification means their products are safely made without harmful chemicals, synthetics, or dyes. They source all of their flax from Portugal, where the times are manufactured in a family-owned factory.

Parachute is known for its bedding, mattresses, and homewares and offers a wide range of shower curtains. I'd stick with the linen as I am unsure if the cotton ones are organic.

The linen shower curtain is medium-to-lightweight, it's recommended you spot clean it or machine wash it in cold water. Like all shower curtains, you want to keep them dry, so ensure the room is well-ventilated and the fan is on. I don't recommend using the dryer for this curtain.

Parachute also partners with the United Nations’ Nothing But Nets campaign to send life-saving malaria-prevention bed nets to needy people. Love this! Ships to Canada, duties, and taxes not included.

5. Made Trade

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Made Trade is one of my top places to shop for ethical home goods. They carry everything from clothing to shoes to rugs and eco-friendly shower curtains. They work with artisans worldwide to sell some of the most beautiful, handcrafted, sustainable items for your home.

Made Trade is based in the USA. All of the items they sell adhere to strict sustainable values, including Vegan, women-owned, fair trade, made in the USA, and BIPOC owned.

If you are worried about ordering a shower curtain from outside of Canada, they have a carbon offset program, which means for all shipping and returns, they buy carbon credits that are "generated from funded projects that pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere or avoid the creation of greenhouse gases altogether".

Their organic shower curtains are made from GOTS certified cotton, it's fair trade, vegan, BIPOC made, and manufactured responsibly by harvesting raw materials locally and using all-natural, earth-friendly materials (such as plant and mineral-based dyes).

Flat fee shipping rate to Canada, excluding taxes and duties.

6. The Citizenry

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This New York-based shop is what an eco home's dreams are made of. Their stonewashed bedding is simply divine. They sell a wide range of sustainable items from rugs to pillows to baskets to decor and of course organic shower curtains.

They travel to each country to meet their artisans in person and sell directly online, so no middleman here. It's why their items are so affordable. All artisans are paid a fair wage, and all the items are created with sustainable materials and practices.

On their website, you will find a list of their artisans and you can see firsthand who makes the items you are buying, I love this.

Choose from two types of eco-friendly shower curtains ($115), made from 100% cotton that is hand-loomed and handcrafted by a group of 32 master weavers in Kannur, India, and made in a fair-trade environment.

Shipping rates are applied based on weight; they do ship to Canada, and taxes and duties are not included.

7. Bean Products Inc. On Etsy

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Etsy is one of my favorite places to shop, you can always find the cutest handmade, ethical, and sustainable items from all over the world. Don't you just love that!

Bean Products Inc. has almost 7000 sales and has been green since 1987. You could call the owner Chuck the OG of green home goods. All of their products are made from Organic Cotton, Hemp, Kapok, Buckwheat hulls, Natural Latex, and Recycled Poly fiber. Find pet beds, yoga mats, pillows, and affordable eco-friendly shower curtains, all handmade in the USA. You can even personalize all of the items in their shop.

The shower curtains are made with hemp ($106) and organic cotton ($63). Their Romanian hemp fabric is naturally grown, harvested and old-world processed from the farm to the weaving mill to their sewing factory in Chicago, USA. The cotton is 100% organic and handcrafted and processed without Chlorine Bleach.

Frequently Asked Questions about Eco-Friendly Shower Curtains

You might have many questions about eco-friendly shower curtains - so let's discuss them. Hopefully, this will help if you have any of these questions.

Can I buy an eco-friendly shower curtain at a big box store?

Yes, but you need to pay close attention to the third-party certifications on the label. Stores like The Bay, Homesense, Canadian Tire, Target, Bed Bath & and even Walmart sometimes carry natural and organic items for the home. Look for OEKO-TEX 100 and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS); these are the most reputable. Some brands use their generic logos that make it seem like they are sustainable, when in fact they are not, this is a form of greenwashing.

Do shower curtains biodegrade?

Plastic does not biodegrade. It photodegrades. Some PEVA or EVA shower curtains claim to be biodegradable, but with plastic being one of the ingredients, I am highly suspect of any company claiming this.

Natural fibers like cotton, linen, and hemp break down and biodegrade, making them the better option.

Can you recycle a shower curtain?

This is such an important question. If you have a plastic shower curtain or liner, no it can't be recycled. The same goes for fabric, even if it's all-natural. Fabric shower curtains can't go in the recycling bin either.

A lot of people make this mistake. Some cities (if any) in Canada accept textiles in their recycling bin. You might find plastic shower curtains made from recycled materials, but you still can't recycle them, and they are typically still made from old plastic, so I'd avoid them! The best way to get rid of an old shower curtain once it's lived a long life is to upcycle it.

How to re-use your old shower curtain:
- Cut it up into smaller pieces to use as rags for cleaning around the house.
- Use it when moving or renovating; it can make a really good drop cloth if you're repainting.
- Use parts of it to reupholster a pet's bed or use it as stuffing for a pet's bed.
- Use it as a tablecloth when camping.

How do I prevent mold from growing on my eco-friendly shower curtain?

Nothing is worse than having mold on the bottom of the shower curtain you love and have spent money on. It's the worst! Mold, unfortunately, is common in most bathrooms because of the moisture content.

The most important thing you can do is ensure your bathroom is well-ventilated. I talked about this earlier. As soon as you are done showering, turn on the exhaust fan. Put a timer on the fan and ensure it runs for at least 30 minutes.

Also, this might sound weird, but it works. Don't leave wet towels in the bathroom to dry, they create more humidity in the room which can increase the risk of mold and mildew.

Make sure you open the curtain fully so it can air dry. Don't leave it crumpled together in the middle. Mold will grow in the folds if you do.

Wash your curtain at least once a month and follow the manufacturer's directions.

A final word on eco-friendly shower curtains

A study from 2008 that examined PVC shower curtains (sold at major retailers like Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kmart, Sears, Target, and Wal-Mart) found that the curtains “contain avoidable toxic chemicals including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), phthalates, organotins, and metals.”

The research also highlighted that a PVC curtain can release up to 108 VOCs. VOCs that you are breathing in when you stand in the shower.

Plastic is super durable and keeps the floor dry but has unbelievably detrimental effects on our planet. On The Eco Hub, I talk about plastic A LOT!

Plastic shower curtains can't be recycled, and if you own one, you know you've had to replace it many times thanks to grime and mold build-up at the bottom. So it ends up in the garbage, filling our landfills and polluting our soil and water. It also costs you money. Think about how many times you've had to replace yours. It adds up.

We also need to take the manufacturing of these items into account. Yes, the toxins we are exposed to are paramount, but extracting virgin fossil fuels to make plastic is another aspect to consider when switching to more eco-friendly shower curtains.

When this report was released, retailers like IKEA, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Target looked to offer other alternatives to PVC, many turning to polyethylene or polyethylene vinyl acetate.

Both are still plastic but without phthalates. So yes, there are fewer toxins, but like PVC, these can't be recycled, and we tend to have to replace them repeatedly, so they still have a huge environmental impact.

It's a no-brainer that choosing an ethically made fabric shower curtain over its plastic counterpart is better for you and the planet.

It's also one thing you can do to make your bathroom more sustainable. You can also save a ton of water, opt for shampoo bars, and ditch plastic bottles once and for all. Looking for more sustainable options for your home? Check out the brand directory.

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  1. Hmm. I wash my plastic shower curtain in the washer all the time. It comes out wrinkly but completely clean. The wrinkles come out of it as it hangs. Of course I don’t dry it in the dryer though. I think people should try washing it before they throw out their plastic curtain to get an eco friendly one. Don’t replace it until you absolutely have to.

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      Candice Batista


      I don’t recommend putting a plastic shower curtain in the wash. There is the risk of microplastic we need to reduce that as much as we can. You can wash it but using a rag with soap and hot water, you’d have to remove it and it is a bit more work soft sure. We also encourage reuse before throwing anything out.

  2. Thank you for sharing this! Instead of using shower curtains, you may also want to think about installing a glass shower door. It may seem expensive, but it completely changes the bathroom’s look and adds luxury to it. Plus, the lifespan of glass shower doors is longer, and they are easy to clean with green products, which makes it a sustainable solution.

  3. I like those eco-friendly shower curtains and actually i believe it’s a mayor trend going into this direction. However i think there are two issues that need to be solved for broader adoption. In Switzerland as an example we do not use PVC shower curtains. They are usually very smelly and have a too plastic like feel, so this kind of curtain doesn’t sell well here. The most sold curtains are made of nylon which is a lighter material and it has a textile like feel to it. The thing is that the nylon curtains are printable and they allow for a broad variety of designs which is important to most customers. Hemp curtains are more eco-friendly but only available in single colored versions, without any design patterns printed on them. I don’t know how good such curtains would sell here, but i have my doubts. Then product description tells that the bathroom must be well ventilated for t least 30minutes to dry the curtain after use. Fact of the matter is: Many people have a bathroom without windows. Ventilation is poor and if there is a ventilator it either has be switched on/off manually or it is programmed to run for a max. of 10 minutes. So, those curtains wont dry and then either start to smell or at worst start to produce mould. This are kind of killers why those curtains might not sell in my country. If there are solutions to this that do not require the customer to change his behaviour, then i’m more than interested to learn about it.

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      Candice Batista


      Thanks for your comment, Armand.
      In North America, PVC shower curtains are very popular and as mentioned in the article, they can’t be recycled which ends up being bad for the environment as they end up in landfills. In addition, most bathrooms here do have at least one window as well as an exhaust fan (this is very common in Canada) you can actually put a timer on the fan for up to 60 mins, which is what I have in my home.
      It’s hard for people to change their habits, but education is key and my home with my website is to help people make choices that are heakthier for them and the planet.
      warm regards,

  4. ps thanks for the detailed article! I’m going with the hemp and no liner. I’ll wipe the floor when needed. It’ll only take about 20 seconds and it’s worth it not to keep adding those moldy liners to the landfill!

      1. I was led to believe that hemp shower curtains did not let water through, however if you state you have to wipe the floor after taking a shower, then I take it hemp shower curtains don’t keep the water out?
        Thank you

  5. Rawganique looks like an awesome site. The site says “manufacturing our rare environmentally friendly organic cotton, flax linen, and cannabis hemp apparel, footwear, bed, bath, and home products on US, Canadian, and European soil”. Do you know if prices are Canadian dollars?

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    Carole Wiles


    This is for the nice looking curtain that goes around or outside the tub…without a liner, all that water goes onto the floor. How about an article or list of safe liners, that keep the water in the tub please?

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      Candice Batista


      HI Carole,
      I did talk about this in the article. PVC is not recommended.
      PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) and EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) have arisen as PVC alternatives over the years, and though these don’t contain phthalates, they can still off-gas and release chemicals into the environment over time. Polyester is ok but it can create microplastics in the wash. There really is no 100% safe shower certain liner.
      thank you,