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Road Salt Alternatives Include Cheese Brine, Molasses

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Salt has become a winter staple when it comes to keeping roads clear of ice. However, sodium chloride can have damaging effects not just on cars and footwear, but on vegetation, animals and other wildlife.

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Michael O (176)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 7:14 pm
Some cities are now on the hunt for more ecofriendly alternatives. Toronto is one of several municipalities turning to beet juice, which is safer for the environment and more effective than using salt alone.

Here are some other creative alternatives North American cities have been looking into:

1. Cheese brine
In Wisconsin, the mecca of the U.S. dairy industry, cheese brine is now part of the de-icing process. The liquid is used in factories to soak certain cheeses, such as mozzarella. As a bonus, because itís a byproduct thatís thrown away after the cheese is made, itís free.

2. Molasses
Some towns in the U.S. are favouring sweet over salty as they turn to molasses. Mixing it into a salt brine solution apparently helps salt stick to the roads and makes it less corrosive.

3. EcoTraction
Invented by a Canadian company, EcoTraction is made of non-toxic, all-natural volcanic rock. According to the Earth Innovations website, the granules embed into ice and snow, creating a solid, non-slip surface. Founder Mark Watson developed the product after his dog died of cancer, which may be triggered by toxins in road salt.

4. Garlic salt
When a spice factory in Ankeny, Iowa, needed to get rid of nine tonnes of garlic salt, the city gladly took it off their hands. The spice, a mixture of dried garlic and table salt, was used to de-ice Ankenyís streets and filled the air with a garlic aroma.

5. Solar-powered roads
Instead of clearing ice from the roads, some engineers are trying to build roads that clear themselves. Although not a reality ó yet ó one U.S. company wants to revamp the countryís road network, replacing traditional asphalt with solar panels that would help melt ice and snow as well as provide electricity for nearby buildings.


Jason S (50)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 7:16 pm
Good posting, thanks

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 5:55 am
Road salt always worried me. I never knew what it exactly was made of. It can't be good. Whether it's whatever they use as salt on the sidewalks, parking lots and roads , I don't think it is "all" safe for animals. I always have been concerned about this with animals.

I know in some of the outer areas of my city they use a mix of dirt and sand to coat the roads with and I don't know or ever thought anything else was in it. There could be more in that mix. I have not driven on one of those roads in years. I use to ask what it was and was told it was a dirt/sand mix. You would not really want your car on those roads. I don't know if that does harm or not? I don't even know what the mix really was.

Good post!!!

. (0)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 6:12 am
Solar powered roads wherein the cars actually generate the energy which is then stored could be the wave of the future. It also includes solar powered lights that turn on when a vehicle is within a certain range and then turn off after a certain distance has been traveled by the passing vehicle. This has already been proven to work in Europe. It is hoped that soon all roads will have the capacity for this.

. (0)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 6:35 am
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing, Michael.

Robert O (12)
Friday December 20, 2013, 1:01 am
Thanks Michael.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 6:00 pm

MmAway M (505)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 7:44 pm
Fooey...So much damage with that I have no fit words, my Dad's truck is TOAST!

MmAway M (505)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 7:45 pm
TU for the alternatives...sadly, most people won't get a clue and I live in San Diego...Don't think I need Salt unless we get the FREEZE!!!
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