• How Your Garden Hose Can Contaminate Your Food?

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    garden-hose-water-dischargeDo you have a playful childhood memories right in your front yard? When you turned to play with your garden hose and even try to drink water from them, sounds familiar right? We are too innocent and definitely too unaware about what it can do to our health by the chemicals these hoses are made of. There are a lot of people probably doing this, perhaps a gardener would sip a bit of water from the hose — especially during the days of unbearable heat.
    Just to give the reader a factual information about hoses, a vast majority of them are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), these element contains harmful lead that mixed up into your water system in levels that prove to be harmful for drinking, while it is perceived that plants don’t actually absorb lead, still you can’t be too careless about spraying your garden, especially your herb and vegetable, with water that are associated with lead. Fortunately, there’s good news to this, there is a new kind of PVC-free garden hoses that are made with FDA-approved materials that are not only safe to be used for drinking water, but also lightweight and durable enough for a long term used.

    Toxic Chemicals Can Lurk in Water from Your Garden Hose
    One of the primary problems with making consumer products out of toxic plastics is that the chemicals can be released into the water that runs through them. This is why I've long recommended using glass dishware, storage containers, and drinking bottles in lieu of plastics. Obviously, there are no glass garden hoses (though there are some more natural options, which I'll explain shortly)…
    What this means is that, assuming your garden hose is made of toxic plastic chemicals, as it sits outside in the sun those chemicals concentrate in the water. When the Ecology Center researchers tested water from a hose that was left out in the sun for two days, they found:
    BPA levels of 0.34 to 0.91 ppm, which is three to nine times higher than the safe drinking water levels used by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
    DEHP (a phthalate) levels …

    There are a wide range of garden hose right now available in the market that are approve by the FDA, at least that’s a good thing to start off, it is now a trend to use those non-toxic hoses but majority of the people are still unaware about this information.

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