Green Buckeye RN

Women’s Voices For The Earth: Is Your Garden Hose Toxic?
May 22, 2012, 10:19 am
Filed under: News

Summer is almost here! It’s time to get in the dirt, sow some seeds, and take full advantage of the growing season. It’s great exercise and a fun way to provide your family with healthy and inexpensive food!  But are there some hidden toxic hazards in your tool shed?   A recent study of gardening tools found that two-thirds of garden hoses, garden gloves, and other gardening tools tested contained levels of toxic chemicals like lead, phthalates, and Bisphenol A (BPA)!

Much of the problem comes from the presence of these chemicals within the vinyl (PVC) in hoses, on gloves, and on tool handles.  Lead, phthalates and BPA pose a risk of being absorbed into your hands or leaching into your soil and potentially contaminating your healthy garden. But the good news is that safer alternatives do exist!

  • Check out to view their report and helpful video to help you avoid the most problematic items.

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