It's Not Too Early to Think About Icemelt

August 01st finds most North Americans in the midst of summer bliss... but Xynyth Manufacturing Corp. wants them to start thinking about the upcoming winter.

Vancouver, Canada, August 04, 2007 --( August 01st finds most North Americans in the midst of summer bliss. Many are exploring mountainous trails, admiring the lush foliage, wild flowers, and meandering freshwater streams. Others are resting on blankets by the lake, lulled by the sound of children splashing in the water. Others still are relaxing in backyard gardens, taking in the bright bounty of the landscaping work that was done in the spring.

Unbeknownst to those summer revelers, manufacturers and distributors in the Jan-San industry are hard at work: Despite the warm weather, they are busy mapping out plans for the coming winter. XYNYTH Manufacturing Corp. urges consumers to join in and consider their own plans for Winter 2007.

Why? Because the choices consumers make when it comes to methods of snow and ice removal during the winter will directly affect all the elements of summer bliss they’re enjoying right now. Here’s how:

During harsh winter conditions, roads, sidewalks and walkways all need to be slip- and snow-free, and people have historically used rock salt to melt this ice and provide traction. However, whether applied to roads, walkways, driveways, sidewalks or parking lots, ice melt will eventually – inevitably – make its way into surrounding ecosystems. And that’s scary when you consider that salt the most popular method of removal, when applied in the kinds of quantities required to cope with North American winters, is a major hazard to the environment.

“To begin with,” wrote Joe McLeod, Earth Science specialist with Advanced Services for Charter Communications, “salt…is a corrosive substance, which means that it is chemically reactive with other compounds in the environment…When salt is added to water, it begins dissolving into its ionic components…These components are the big troublemakers.

“As salt-laden snow melts, the resultant melt-water carries the dissolved salt with it. Some of that salt will end up as deposits in surrounding soil, and some of it will end up in watersheds, wells, lakes and ponds….Deposited in soil, salt reduces the soil's ability to transport water, which has a direct affect on a plant's ability to take up water. In addition to this, the chloride in the soil may be absorbed by the plant in place of vital nutrients. It may also combine with some of those nutrients, preventing them from reaching the plant.

“When salt reaches larger bodies of water and accumulates, it can affect every aspect of the aquatic ecosystem. In watersheds and wells, where many people get drinking water, it can result in increased salt intake.For people with certain medical problems, this is can be very harmful… In lakes and ponds, salt can affect oxygen levels in the water, which affect aquatic flora and fauna in their ability to take in oxygen.” ( in 2000)

Add that to the damage done to roadways by the corrosive salt and you’ve pretty much negatively impacted every aspect of the environment that we’re able to enjoy in the summer. Those woodland trails? The soil, foliage and freshwater streams will all eventually be affected by the high salt content forced upon them. The beach? Lake life will have been practically pickled if roadways nearby were treated with salt during the winter. And the back yard you’ve worked so hard to beautify? The walkways will be discolored and pocked from the corrosive salt, the grass will be dry and brown where salt made its way onto it, and flowers will be struggling in poor soil

XYNYTH Manufacturing Corp., who’ve been in the icemelt business for over 20 years, know a thing or two about melting snow – and they have an alternative 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. Price-wise, GroundWorks is slightly more expensive, however, Xynyth has learned that savvy customers will pay a few more pennies upfront to avoid extreme maintenance costs later on. “And the health of environment,” says one Xynyth team member, “is worth a few extra pennies too, I think.”

Information about XYNYTH Manufacturing and their products can be found on their website at, or by calling their corporate Head Office at 1-800-MELT-ICE.

Xynyth Manufacturing Corp.
A. Grondahl