When old man winter comes to visit, how do you keep your driveway and walkways from becoming a skating rink?
a. Ditch the salt, friend. It’s estimated that five million tonnes of road salt is used on Canadian roads every year. And all that salt can damage our lakes and rivers, harming fish, insects, plants and all other organisms that live in these water bodies. You can get the same traction by sprinkling a little sand or fine gravel on your driveway instead.
b. While some pet-friendly de-icers on the market might be environmentally friendly, they’re not all safe. Some de-icers are packed with chemicals, which end up down the storm drain and in our waterways. Since all your pup needs is a little traction, why not sprinkle a little sand or fine gravel on your driveway instead?
c. That’ll work! Sand and fine gravel are great alternatives to salt, and they’re far less harsh on our waterways!
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