Vancouver, Canada, June 22, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Salt, applied in the amounts necessary to actually melt snow, pickles aquatic life, destroys vegetation and significantly alters soil structure. It’s harmful to use around children and pets and damages concrete and flooring if tracked indoors. And while it will melt snow, it’s definitely not the most effective product on the market anymore – there are options that melt faster, work longer and cost less. To put it plainly, salt’s bad.
Too much of it’s bad for our own health – “Consuming too much salt can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, edema and kidney stones” (Susanne Meyers, ezinearticles.com) – why should we expect it to be any better for the environment?
Xynyth Manufacturing Corp. has been in the icemelt business for over 20 years. They know a thing or two about melting snow – and they have a solution to salt that many North Americans are already using faithfully: GroundWorks Natural Icemelter is a fertilizer-based icemelter that works better than salt, but causes none of the damage. In fact, it actually works to repair some of the damage caused by years of salt use. GroundWorks is an easy sell – it does exactly what it promises.
“One problem we do encounter, however,” explains a staff member, “is that there are these other ‘environmentally-friendly’ products popping up, and the manufacturers are making false claims.” For example? A company claiming to have a “natural alternative” says its product is “…much better for the environment, because it does not contain high concentrations of salt…” That’s simply not true – if a product contains salt, it’s bad for the environment, period. Another company claims their product is rock salt that has “been treated with [an] all natural melting liquid” and that “together they are completely biodegradable and environmentally-friendly.” Other products claim to have “one of the lowest amounts of chloride accumulation among commercial deicers.”
If it’s a duck, call it a duck. “Doesn’t matter what you do to salt,” explains a Xynyth staffer, “it’s still bad for the environment. Companies use words like safeR, betteR, kindeR to describe their products, but that’s so subjective. Xynyth likes to give the consumer a little more credit. These companies are trying to jump on the green cleaning band wagon with products that aren’t green. Euphemisms don’t fool anyone.”
Xynyth believes it’s important to provide the consumer with all the information available, and that in the end, the consumer will make the right choice. On their website, www.xynyth.com, they post information from sources not solicited by them, so the views are unbiased.
Xynyth’s corporate head office is located in Burnaby, British Columbia, however they manufacture, warehouse and ship all over Canada and the United States. Their products, including GroundWorks, are available at major retailers such as Home Depot, Rona, Home Hardware and Wal-mart, or through a wide variety of commercial distributors. For more information about Xynyth, see their website at www.xynyth.com.