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.
This is my third winter using this product and it is 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. You could sweep them up but then you collect all the winter's dirt and grit. On a dry day after the ice has gone and the chips are sun dried, hold a vacuum hose just above the chips and since they are so light, they will just come up leaving the junk behind. I found that by strapping a stand-off stick to the hose I can keep just the right distance all the time. Add deicer or fine salt to the bag and you are ready for the next winter with very little loss of material. More details on their website -- www.EcoIceGrip.com
If you are looking for information on de-icers, follow this link.
Moving from a start-up operation here in Quebec and Ontario two years ago, they were so successful that they have a manufacturing plant right in Quebec starting up in mid December of 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. Some are experimenting with it near the river where the salt is an ecological problem. Since the chips can be spread by a standard municipal salt spreader, there is no new investiment needed. Salted areas need to be resalted quickly, the wood chips last a lot longer. We will be seeing more of Eco-Ice Grip.
February 2021 After some initial production problems, they now have the right size chips comming consistently out of the production machine all the time -- quality control is happy and 2021 distribution is now underway.
Their new 20L bag is retailing for $17.05, good value considering how long it lasts. It is estimated that a standard driveway/walkway would probably require 3 bags in a season. If you can't find them at a store near you, you can order them from the web -- and if you buy the 3 bag special, with shipping costs, it comes out close to what the store charges.
Current Distribution (this list will be changing quickly as the factory kicks into action)
Call ahead to be sure they have stock.
Hudson Hardware and Supplies
490 Main Road, Hudson
Home Hardware in Pierrefonds
15729 Pierrefonds Blvd, Pierrefonds, QC
The Real Deal
Smith Falls, Ontario
You can contact EcoIceGrip themselves for more information or to be put on a list to receive information when a retailer is open near their postal code.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 844-ICE-GRIP (844-423-4747)