How Toxic Is Your Garden Hose?

By Liesl Clark

Think Twice About Your Garden Hoses And How Toxic They Might Be. Photo © Liesl Clark

Think Twice About Your Garden Hoses And How Toxic They Might Be. Photo © Liesl Clark

One of the cheapest, happiest forms of warm weather play for children is a garden hose with a sprinkler hooked up to it. For our children, it means hours of joyous play.

Sprinkler Fun. Photo © Liesl Clark

Sprinkler Fun. Photo © Liesl Clark

The challenge for us is the knowledge that most hoses are made of toxic chemicals and hence are full of pthalates and Bisphenol A. Both are known endocrine disruptors and if children drink from a hose their BPA levels will rise significantly.

Be Sure to Play in a BPA-Free Garden Hose Spray. Photo © Liesl Clark

Be Sure to Play in a BPA-Free Garden Hose Spray. Photo © Liesl Clark

Lead has also been detected in most garden hoses. It’s unknown what the effects are to the soil and plants, but what’s clear is that the next time we buy a hose we should refer to the latest study and get one of the recommended BPA-free hoses.

Photo © Liesl Clark

Photo © Liesl Clark

Last year’s study of BPA and pthalates in your garden hoses, garden glove, and tools also indicates some safe hoses you can buy.

We do have one PVC-free hose and that’s the one we use for kid water-play. In fact, we use it as often as possible, as we phase out our other old hoses. An irrigation project we’re longing to do is a hose-free drain system from our pond to the vegetable garden so we can skip the hose quotient altogether. No wonder our waters are full of estrogen-mimicking chemicals that are affecting indicator species like fish.

Photo © Liesl Clark

Photo © Liesl Clark

If you’re interested in phasing out your old hoses or reusing one that’s broken, we have many hose reuses, as well as several important resources if you’re interested in learning more about the chemicals found in garden hoses:

Click Through For Reuse and Rethink Ideas For Hoses at Trash Backwards

Click Through For Reuse and Rethink Ideas For Hoses at Trash Backwards

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One Comment on “How Toxic Is Your Garden Hose?”

  1. May 8, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    Reblogged this on aristonorganic and commented:
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