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Eco-Ice Grip -- Treated wood chips for slippery ice

This is one amazing product.  Softwood wood chips with just the right mix of magnesium chloride to help the chips to melt into and stick on the ice - making the safest icy walkway I ever walked on.  This is a Swiss invention and Canadian distribution is just beginning. 

See comments at the end of this page from people who have just tried it or to add your own experience, good or bad.

I used it the last half of last winter, and it was unbelievable. It stays put and if a lot of ice builds up over it, you may need more, but when it begins to melt, the chips float to the surface and then freeze right there where you need them.  If you have very cold hard ice, fresh chips may not stick right away.  Add just a bit of regular deicer or salt to the surface just to get the chips wet and then they stick for the rest of the winter. It is pH neutral for your plants and pets.  At the end of the winter, just vacuum them up and although they will be lacking the magnesium, you can mix them with a new supply the following winter. More details on their website -- www.EcoIceGrip.ca

If you are looking for information on de-icers, follow this link.

 

Still a start-up operation here in Quebec and Ontario, the company is quickly getting local distribution one outlet at a time, so I will be filling in this article, complete with photos and video from last year but for the moment I just wanted to create a landing page as to where you can buy it right now.  This page will be updated frequently as we get into this winter - 2020.

As this catches on I am suspecting that the municipalities will start switching from salt for our sidewalks to more effective, longer lasting and natural wood chips.  We will be seeing more of Eco-Ice Grip.

Home Hardware
15729 Blvd Pierefonds
Pierefonds, Qc
514-620-4235

Eco Verdure
965 Blvd Arthur Sauve
St. Eustache, Qc
450-472-6474

Vent et Location Dubois
5554 Chemin de l’Aèroport
Valcourt, Qc
450-532-2618

Cat Cordonnerie
5694 Avenue Auteuil
Brossard, QC J4Z 1M4
(450) 676-2571

Castle Hardware
490 Main Road
Hudson, Qc
450-458-2001

Ferme Frem-Blé
109, rue Notre-Dame
St-Sulpice, Qc
450-489-2573

Quincaillerie de Rivieres Rona
51 Compton Est
Waterville, Qc
819-837-2466

Proeco
4375 Blvd. Industrial
Sherbrooke, Qc
819-578-8898

Capital Services
2051 Huntley Rd
Stittsville, On
613-599-4392

Eco-IceGrip
191 Beckwith St. North
Smith Falls, On
613-276-3599


Keywords: Ecology, Sliding, Environmental, Concrete, Snow, Slippery, Accident, Salt, Security, Safety, Ice

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Bill on December 18, 2019 11:27

Hi Jon…I eventually managed to buy a bag of Stop-Gliss-Bio (en français) from Ecoverdure on Friday, and used it for the first time yesterday. My driveway was pretty much a sheet of ice, so I decided to spread it by hand so that my grandkids ( and their parents) could feel safe walking on it.

So far, I am very impressed. Everyone (Including me) who walked on it felt stability rarely experienced on salted ice, even if ‘gravelled'.

My initial concern was that even if it were effective, the wood chips would be trudged into the house, making a mess on the living room floor. Not so. The chips stayed embedded in the ice.

My other concern was the price…..about $ 26.00 (tax incl.) for one bag. But based on my initial consumption, I should be able to get another 7 or 8 uses from the one bag. Pretty good when I compare to the unsightly (and often ineffective) use of salt and gravel.

Based on this experience, I think the Eco Ice Grip distributors are already missing a selling opportunity by not making this stuff widely known and available in Reno Depot, Home Depot-type stores. An advertising campaign on TV, or even a video in stores should convince eco and non-eco sensitive consumers alike of the value of this product.

As I continue to use the product this winter, I’ll write you again if I notice anything of interest to report.

Regards….Bill

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