Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow

Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow

Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow” and “” 5 Best Green Gifts for the Person Who  Has “Everything!”



*1.  “Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow”

The Huffington Post – 01/10/2014

Author:  Nikki Fotheringham 

Salt does do a great job of melting ice and snow through the winter, but its pretty bad news for you, your pets, the environment and your garden. Pets get salt on their paws and this dries them out and causes cracking; salt corrodes metal, damages concrete and wreaks havoc on your garden and lawn.

With spring melt, all the accumulated salt ends up in your waterways, where the local wildlife may not survive the seasoning. You know that salt is bad for you, so here are some green alternatives to melt your winter ice.

Organic, Salt-free De-icer:

It’s a little pricier than salt, but these products will help to keep your walkways and driveways ice-free.

Kitty Litter:

Okay, this doesn’t actually melt the ice, but it does provide traction for a more non-slip surface.


This is a natural de-icer, and while it won’t harm your pets, corrode your metal or pit your concrete, it can be really bad news for your plants, so avoid using it near the garden.

Alfalfa Meal:

This is a super effective, natural, green ice melting alternative. It’s 100 percent natural, and is usually used as a fertilizer. It’s grainy so it will provide traction and is extremely effective when used in moderation.

Sugar Beet Juice:

The juice from sugar beets lowers the melting point of ice and snow, which helps to clear your driveway. It’s even been used to melt ice and snow on municipal roads in some areas. It’s safe for animals, people, metals, concrete and plants. Beet juice is one of the only options which are effective below negative 20 degrees Celsius.

Sand or coffee grinds:

Sprinkle sand over your icy surfaces to provide traction, and the darker colors absorb more heat and help to melt snow and ice.

Don’t underestimate the importance of shoveling. A good shovel will clear your drive while giving you a wicked workout, and it’s the most natural, environmentally friendly and green way to get rid of ice and snow this winter.

*2.  ” 5 Best Green Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything!”

Author: Nikki Fotheringham

December 15 2016


Giving to others is great for your health and happiness. Now you can give twice with gifts that give back. This Christmas touch more than one life with these amazing gifts that will help those in need.

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This really is the gift that keeps on giving!  These absolutely gorgeous boxes are curated collections of artisanal, handmade gifts from all over the world. Buy a box for someone special, or join the club. For just $10 a month, you can get the artisan pick of the month – a wonderful gift to you every month. These products help budding entrepreneurs in developing country. Help fight poverty and give a great gift!

When you buy three boxes, you get one for free. I bought the picnic box for just $50 and absolutely LOVED it!

Adopt a Narwhal

All net-proceeds help support our conservation efforts.

Of course you can! The World Wildlife Fund offers an adoption program that helps fund their efforts to save endangered species. Your donation of $40 allows you to adopt a narwhal (with certificate), and gets you this adorable narwhal plush toy, a narwhal poster and a reusable shopping bag.

There are many other wonderful animals to adopt too.

 Save the Elephants

Save Elephant Love Keychain with Free Gift Box – Ashley Jewels

These elephant key chains helps to raise awareness and money for the Save the Elephants fund. You can buy one for yourself and a loved one too. For just $10 you can get a wonderful gift and help to save our majestic elephants. And who knows, perhaps if you have this elephant on your keyring, you’ll never forget where you put your keys!

 Greenmoxie’s Guide to Sustainable Living

Greenmoxie: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Living 1

We take you through your home, office and garden and show you how to do just about everything in a more eco-friendly way. From upcycling projects you can do with your kids, to making your own make-up and everything in between, this book is a comprehensive guide for those who want to live a leaner, greener and healthier life. Make awesome stuff, save the planet, have fun & save money!

 Compartes Chocolates for a Cause 

20 pc Chocolates for a Cause – Compartes Chocolatier Gourmet Chocolate

Purchasing these amazing chocolates benefits Relief International in Darfur. These delicious chocolate caramels come with a handmade bracelet and a donation to Relief International in Darfur. Just $55 for the box and bracelet.

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