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Eco-Friendly Ice Melt


There are a few things that come to mind each year Winter rolls around: a busy holiday season, fun outdoor activities like skating and skiing, and of course, ice and snow. If you live in an area that gets hit with frozen temperatures and icy sidewalks, keeping slippery surfaces safe can be a daunting challenge. How do you make sure that your property is ready for Winter and reduce the risk of slipping? Even more challenging is doing so in a manner that is safe for people, pets, and the environment.

In order to remove ice and snow and reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents, many individuals and businesses turn to manual methods such as breaking the ice up with tools or and shoveling snow. While shoveling is of course highly effective, breaking up ice can take quite a lot of time and effort, making it not always an effective method. There are also products one can use such as rock salt, which lowers the freezing point of the water in order to melt the ice, or a chemical ice melt blended from rock salt and other chemical components. However, these methods also have their drawbacks.

Rock salt is only effective to a certain temperature– if it gets too cold, it is no longer an effective method. As well, sodium chloride (the chemical name for rock salt) is highly corrosive. It can cause damage to plants, clothing, and even metal or concrete. Salt is also highly irritating to pets, causing skin damage to their paw pads. Chemical de-icers also have their risks: calcium chloride, a common chemical in these de-icers is also harmful to pets. Urea, while less corrosive than salt, can be problematic in its own ways if runoff from using it enters the water system. It is high in nitrogen, which can lead to an overgrowth of algae. Excess algae can be harmful to the balance of the water ecosystem.

With so many risks associated with chemical methods, a more eco-friendly ice melt alternative becomes necessary. A product, such as Traction Magic, provides an easy and effective solution that is harmless to plants, pet friendly, and does no damage to pavement or other surfaces. Instead of melting ice, Traction Magic helps to ensure safe walking at any temperature using a patent-pending 2-part granule system. This system is made of completely natural, safe crystals that function as Absorbers and Grippers. The Absorbers in Traction Magic’s unique formula absorbs the upper layer of liquid above the ice. While this is happening, the Grippers, which have tiny spike-like ends, dig into the ice, creating a stable walking surface and ensuring good traction no matter the Winter conditions.

Manufactured by Gaia Enterprises, Inc., Traction Magic is developed with environmental sustainability and overall safety at the forefront. Traction Magic works immediately, and can be used on sidewalks, steps, or even to create traction for your car– unlike rock salt, it will not damage your pavement or tires. And because it is used to create traction, it can be used at any temperature, making it perfect for even the coldest of climates. Give it a try and find out more about what a difference Traction Magic can make for you, your property, and the environment with its eco friendly ice melt.

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