Now that winter is upon us, the adverse effects of cold temperatures and overnight frosts are not far behind. Winter brings with it higher instances of slips, trips, vehicle collisions
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EcoGrit is an environmentally conscious company that would like to serve the people by offering them education, insight, “peace of mind” and the chance to make a positive difference on a monumental scale at a time when winter weather patterns are becoming more unpredictable.
From working in the road repairs industry it soon became apparent to me that the rock salt that is put down on our roads does an unbelievable amount of damage.
This damage isn’t just to the roads, rock salt corrodes and rusts any metalwork it is in contact with, as well as any vehicles which use them. It puts high levels of salt back into the watercourse and does damage to most living things including plants and animals.
Rock salt has long been a common choice when it comes to clearing away ice and snow from outdoor surfaces, due to its affordability, availability and ease of application. However, the longer-term effects of using it are far from ideal and can outweigh any short-term benefits by a considerable margin.
De-icing products are vital in many settings such as pavements and driveways so that people don’t slip. We know a fair bit about rock salt, a common choice which can have negative effects on concrete surfaces.
Many people use rock salt to melt snow and ice around their property, including on drives, paths, and steps. While it can make surfaces safer, there are issues to using in. One of the most important is the risk of injuring pets. Because of this, there is lots of demand for pet-friendly alternatives to rock salt.
I would like to introduce my company, EcoGrit and the product we have to offer, EcoGrit Concentrate. We are able to keep schools and businesses open safely throughout the winter months without doing damage to the grounds or building, a risk to the children (rock salt) or bringing mess inside the school.
Dogs’ paws are delicate underneath and can easily become irritated, injured or sore when they are exposed to something harmful underfoot. Rock salt contains sodium chloride, which can irritate the pads on canine paws and cause digestion and stomach issued if ingested, e.g. if the dog licks his paws to get rid of the salt. Dogs can also walk the slat indoors, causing damage to carpets and flooring, as well a spreading the risk of other pets swallowing it and becoming unwell as a result.