Environmental Nonprofit Say It’s Dangerous to Eat Your Garden Kneeling Pad and Wash it Down With 185-Degree Water From the Hose

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environmental nonprofitWhile there’s no dearth of studies examining the presence of questionable chemicals in household staples such as cleaners, toys, and personal care products, similar studies that focus on gardening gear _ hoses, gloves, hand tools, kneeling pads and the like _ are rarer. HealthyStuff.org, an offshoot of the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., is an environmental nonprofit that has tested just about everything under the sun for the presence of toxic chemicals. Recently, the group extended its reach into the garden shed and the results may have you think twice before giving your dog a sip from the garden hose on a hot summer day. For the study, the Ecology Center tested 179 run-of-the-mill gardening products _ 90 garden hoses, 53 garden gloves, 23 gardening tools, and 13 knee pads _ for lead, chlorine, bromine, cadmium, phthalates, and bisphenol A (BPA).  (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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