The GARDENA FLEX hose range is free of toxins, phthalates and heavy metals, and is UV stabilised for a longer life.
What are phthalates and how are they used?
Phthalates (pronounced “thah-lates”) are chemical plasticisers that have been widely used since the 1950s to soften plastics that would otherwise be brittle and crack when bent. Because phthalates are not chemically bound to the plastics they’re added to, they are continuously released into the air, food or liquid they come in contact with. Have you ever noticed how plastic sometimes hardens over time? That’s because the phthalates have leached out of it.
How we can be exposed?
Ingestion: We ingest plasticisers by eating food that’s been contaminated via certain food packaging or by drinking beverages from plastic bottles that leach the chemical into the liquid.
Absorption: Phthalates are found in many scented and cosmetic products, where they stabilize the fragrance, increase spreadability, and enhance absorption.
Inhalation: Phthalates can be breathed in from dust or fumes from any products that contain vinyl, such as vinyl flooring and vinyl seating. The production of fumes by these products is called off-gassing.