07 May '12, 11am

Sipping From the Garden Hose? Think Again.

With spring in full swing, gardeners across the country have been gearing up for the planting season, pulling out the hose and unearthing shovels and trowels. And while every experienced gardener knows that hoses and tools can trip up the unsuspecting lawnmower, there is evidence that they may pose risks to consumers as well. Last week the Ecology Center , a nonprofit environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, Mich., that reviews consumer products, released a study at the Web site HealthyStuff.org on potentially hazardous chemicals in gardening tools. The group tested nearly 200 gardening products, including hoses, gloves, kneeling pads and tools, for lead, cadmium, bromine, chlorine, phthalates and bisphenol A. Over all, they found that two-thirds of the products tested contained levels of one or more chemicals in excess of standards set for other consumer products. F...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/07/sipping-from-th...

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