Day 131 – My shower curtain is fabric, but I needed something to keep the water inside the tub, during showers. I bought the cheapest liner possible. It was a few bucks and made from a plastic/vinyl combination. After about 6 months or so, it would become rather gross and I would throw it away and buy a new one. A few years ago, I realized that if I spent a little more on a nice liner, I could easily clean it. By tossing it in the washing machine, I was able to use it over and over.
Besides the washable polyester shower curtain liner that I started to use, there are other earth friendly options.
- 100% cotton or hemp curtain – Once these curtains lived out their lives they could be cut up and placed in your compost.
- Shower door – This is not an option for everyone, but having a shower door would take away the need for a curtain.
If you decide to switch out your shower curtain for a more eco-friendly option, then you’re faced with the question, “What do I do with my old plastic shower curtain?”
Earth911 came up with a list of ideas:
- Dropcloth for interior painting
- Table cover for messy DIY or craft projects
- Protect your car seats under kids’ booster seats
- Line your vehicle’s trunk
- Liner under the cat’s litter box
- Liner for inside the cabinet under kitchen sink
- When camping, use it to protect firewood from rain, as a waterproof tablecloth, a tent tarp, or to divide food in the cooler.
Remember, that your plastic shower curtain can not be recycled curbside. Unless, you’re willing to pay for a bathroom zero waste box from TerraCycle , your other option is to repurpose it or throw it in the trash. Hopefully, you find a new purpose for your old shower curtain and your new curtain is plastic free.
Tomorrow, so many options to recycle your old electronics.