Gardening Tips to ensure the health of your crops and the people who eat them. Your gardening tools and implements can leach toxic phthalates, flame retardants, lead and bisphenol-a (BPA).
-Let your hose run for a few seconds or minutes, depending on length, to flush out any standing water inside the hose. This “old” water is likely to have absorbed the greatest amounts of any toxins that are present in hose materials.
-Store your hose where it’s protected from the sun. Heat greatly accelerates the leaching process.
-Don’t drink from your hose.
-When it’s time for a new hose, choose one labeled “lead-free” or “drinking water safe.”
Gloves: Avoid gloves that have rubber or plastic components. Choose gloves made from natural materials like hide, leather, or cotton. Some gloves can also leach Chlorine, so read labels.
Garden Implements: Use garden tools made of stainless steel, a metal alloy which typically does not contain lead. Unpainted wooden tools are another option.
Look for California labeling on products. Thanks to California’s Proposition 65, products that contain any of about 800 different unhealthy chemicals must state that they contain “a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive harm.” Run if you see it!
The good news is that there are plenty of safe options out there. More Info, watch this short Healthy Stuff Video.