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Time-traveling editor’s note: Hey you! It’s 2016 now and Umbra has revisited this topic. Please check out her updated information on the question of hoses and toxicity.

Q. I have heard that there is triclosan in new garden hoses. My old hose is spouting leaks everywhere now, but I cannot find any references as to where I can find a chemical-free garden hose. I grow lots of veggies and don’t want our family to be eating toxins. Any idea where I can source one?