How to Choose an Environmentally Friendly Garden Hose

Consumers are becoming more and more aware of the effects that every day household items can have on the environment. Let's face it, going "green" has become hip. Americans are increasingly looking for products that do not harm the environment.

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    Buy one that uses recycled materials.
    • A true earth friendly garden hose should be made from at least 50% recycled material, usually polyurethane or rubber, or a combination of both. Polyurethane hoses are generally much lighter than an all rubber hose. From an environmentally friendly perspective, the more recycled material in the hose you choose, the better.
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    Practice water conservation.
    • Water may one day very soon be Earth's most precious resource. The conservation of water is critical and hose manufacturers have stepped up to do their part. Eco-friendly hoses today use patented water restrictors that control pressure and help avoid soil erosion and puddling. A good hose will use at least 50% less water than a traditional garden hose.
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    Find one that is lighter and more flexible.
    • Recycled polyurethane is 2-3 times lighter than all rubber hoses. Look for a light hose that still contains a UV protective coating. Without it, the hose could become cracked much easier after exposure to direct sunlight. This will also prevent the hose from kinking as well.
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    Be careful of drinking safety.
    • Everyone who has taken a drink for a garden hose has probably had this thought: "just how safe is this water after traveling from the spigot to the other end?". With today's eco-friendly hoses, this is no longer a concern. As with other products bearing the name, "green" garden hoses use non-toxic substances and are completely safe to drink from.
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    • Environmentally safe hoses come in all sizes and lengths. Next time you go to replace your old hose, consider purchasing one that is not only easier to use, but better for the environment as well.
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