Snow Removal Service Uses Beetroot Juice as Natural Deicer

snow removal in Durham region Dan Shephard of The SnowmenDan Shephard operates a successful snow removal service in Durham region and is testing the water (literally) after trying a new natural deicer made from beetroot juice.

Geomelt is made here in Ontario.

Featured in a popular Bizcovering article, Snow Removal Service Uses Beetroot Juice as Natural Deicer, Dan was again chronicled in Fuel Ghoul blog about the green snow removal solution simply because he agreed to help test the beetroot snow melt product.

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Rock salt depositories – rock salt is very toxic substance and is harmful to the ecology of many sensitive freshwater systems. Any reduction in the use of this compound to keep highways safe for drivers is a step in the right direction for the environment.

ImageWhen red beet juice is added to rock salt water it lowers the mixture’s freezing temperature which keeps the cement wet on cold  weather days when the rest of the landscape is frozen solid. By making the salt more effective, contractors can use less.

Dan is among the few professionals selected by researchers to help advance the science by conducting real-world testing as a professional contractor. The GeoMelt product is being tried all across Canada and the US in several climates and ‘test counties’.

Drivers who live in test counties  where highway maintenance crews spray the beet juice compound on the roads should experience fewer delays behind snow plows and salt trucks.  Ideally, the deicer will be so effective that snow plows wont make second runs.

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Beetroot Juice is a Powerful Natural Deicer for Concrete Sidewalks, and Asphalt Roads

Applying a NaCl salt brine and beetroot mixture to paved surfaces will make them safer by melting slippery snow and ice, but the spring runoff should also be much safer for the environment.  Water quality tests will be performed by public and private agencies all winter and spring 2014.

How Does it Work? After a parking lot or street has been treated with beetroot juice and salt mixture, further precipitation should melt on contact with the ‘wet’ surface because the beetroot juice and salt doesnt freeze. .The frozen water particles are excited by the beet juice (and NaCl)  on an Atomic level, and do not freeze solid into ice.    Dan Shephard has committed The Snowmen to trying the beet juice deicer in the upcoming winter season,

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Yesterday I donated 336 Glass Jars to the Bleecker Welselley Activity Network for their upcoming cooking classes. You can read more about my Earth Day charity action on the advice of my green living blog friend on Smojoe
336 glass jars donated to the Bleecker Welselley Activity network for senior citizens
Dog appIn other news, Urban Dog fitness spa / interview with Susan Rupert the owner of this amazing business is profiled on The Distillery District blog which showcases the use of modern technology including close circuit televisions so dog owners can watch their pet exercising with other dog remotely, to improve the quality of life for pets and owners and create jobs and happiness. The dog app was featured on Mashable.

Its a cool story all around and fits nicely beside the iPhone dog app innovation to allow dog owners to get together to walk their dogs and share their neighbourhood parks and scenic streets and maybe there is safety in numbers

The Urban Dog profile story got a lot of attention on the Distillery Facebook page.

coffee table made form recycled hardwood pallet

Toronto green TV blogger Nikki Fotheringham writes a green living blog in which she often demonstrates that green solutions can be aesthetically pleasing as well as environmentally sustainable.  and in many cases success depends on a third criteria which is whether or not the green option being showcased is economically viable as a market alternative.

I have begun crowd sourcing ideas for another TV show – green house

Earlier today I asked for ideas and pictures and ideas for recycled industrial material as household furniture items. I asked about green living on University Network, and i asked about green living furniture ideas on Red Flag Deals which i expect will get lots of attention. And i asked about green living blog on Canadian Content discussion forum and its got some feedback already.

Shakeology Flavoured Conversations with Kymberly Redmond

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Shakeology Girl was born

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interesting talk w @MyMommasHands last night; #shakeology history was made over a steak dinner by a girl pic.twitter.com/p0fh9hmNJM

The Evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility!

Corporations becoming more socially responsible in their communities is a new trend that is popping up in window displays around the city. This new trend is hitting corporations at a fast pace; it is no longer about providing consumers with the best product, its about how it was made and who got hurt in the process. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is a new wave of conscious selling and buying, yet nowadays, it seems to be the biggest trend. Consumers control the trends for companies to follow. When they demand a product 5 or 6 companies will compete over the same idea. Having consumers force the big bad corporations to be more conscious about the products they produce is better for everyone involved. What these companies don’t realize is that they are no longer selling a product, but instead, a lifestyle that they too must follow.

CSR and Branding:

CSR is a great plan for huge corporations such as Coca Cola and Walmart that are often in the news because of their stance on ethical buying. Truthfully speaking, consumers are considerably smarter than they were 1 or 2 years ago. You can no longer claim to offer a green product without having someone dispute it if it’s not true. The rise of social media has given consumers a voice. If a company does something inexcusable, they can longer carry all the unanswered complaint letter with an air freight service over to the dump, they simply must speak to their faults. With sharing sites such as Facebook, twitter and YouTube, nothing is hidden from the public, and when addressing your consumers, you must be prepared and focused on the matter at hand. A great example of this is Nestle and the Indonesian Palm oil debacle. 90% of the world’s palm oil exports come from Indonesia and Malaysia, giving Indonesia the crown for highest deforestation rates of 4.4 million acres per year between 2000-2005. Nestle uses palm oil heavily in their chocolate bars, and in 2010, they started getting negative responses on Facebook because of it. It was no easy day at a Toronto bed and breakfast for Nestle, when a Facebook group was created with the primary purpose to shed negative light on the company. In order to take away from the bad publicity Nestle got heavily involved in the community and started to support charities to clear their name. this was a positive strategy but the company was only covering up the bad with some good and that will not hold for long.

The future of CSR is now:

Recently, I went into the store Lush Handmade Cosmetics purely for the scent. I was walking around, smelling and poking the products when I stumbled on a wall sized poster titled “ A Lush Life, we Believe.” I stood there for 10 minutes simply marveling at some of the things the company stood for: ethical buying, fair trade and quality products. At first, I was skeptical, so I called over a sales associate and asked her to explain further. She raved about the company and kept saying “we,” sounding like an extremely enthusiastic exclusive group. I nodded, picked up a copy of their Lush Times and bought my preservative free bubble bar on my way to the Yorkville salon. Even though it’s hotter than a furnace outside, I still could not shake the image of the writings on the wall. I couldn’t help but think, is this the new trend? Lush is a company that has been around for over 20 years, but CSR is not a thing they do on the side, it is their mission statement. With CSR on the rise, is this their time to shine globally? Is this the rise of the new company? Is it the evolution of the big bad corporation?

Corporate social responsibility is slowly evolving and turning into a necessity for a corporation’s survival. Within a year, I suspect it will grow and become part of corporations mission statements and lifestyle choices.

Why I will NOT vote for Stephen Harper

Here in Canada we have a federal election on May 2, 2011.  Here’s some important old information to help readers make a more informed decision before voting in what appears to be a very important Federal election.

There is no doubt, this election will be a ‘game changer’ in Canada. Here are some very good reasons not to vote for Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada during this 2011 election:

The Conservative government is the first government in Canadian history to be found in contempt of Parliament for refusing to reveal the cost of its planned crime bills,

Conservative minister Bev Oda has admitted that she lied to Parliament, and narrowly escaped being found in contempt of Parliament.  Harper Government stops funding CAIROS

Harper’s G20 Summit wasted 0ne billion dollars; Canadian democracy vanished for three days and there still hasn’t been a full public inquiry!

Internal government directives insist that the Government of Canada be referred to as the “Harper Government”:

The government is spending millions of dollars on Economic Action Plan ads, which are thinly disguised partisan advertising. More taxpayers’ money has been spent on ads in three months than major advertisers normally spend in a year.

The Conservatives are proposing harsher punishments and more prisons, even though the crime rate is falling and “tough on crime” measures have proven ineffective

Stephen Harper prorogued Parliament in 2009 to avoid questions on the Afghan detainee issue.

In recent campaign speeches, Harper has repeatedly raised the spectre of a “Bloc/NDP/Liberal coalition”, and has implied that a coalition not containing the first-place Conservatives would be illegitimate.

The Conservatives claim that the new fighter jets that they plan to purchase will cost $15 billion. The Parliamentary budget watchdog says that the cost is actually $29.3 billion.

Here are details from Wikipedia on the “in and out” election scandal, which may have made the difference in the 2006 election:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_and_Out_scandal

The government lobby in the House of Commons now contains far too many photographs of Harper.

In the current election campaign, Stephen Harper is limiting the press to five questions per campaign stop.

In Parliament, Conservative cabinet ministers are often not allowed to answer questions:
http://bit.ly/c6m9Uj

The view from Australia (written by a Canadian): “Canada watches its democracy erode”:
http://bit.ly/fJ0OZE

Solar Power Industry Embraces Lenzr in August

Thanks to government support and a multitude of determined environmental groups lobbying, we have new legislation, and now all Canadians can make and sell electric power to ‘the grid’, ostensibly the power can be made and consumed anywhere in North America, (but I’m told that small operations do present a challenge in terms of meeting and coordinating supply and demand).  Nicola Tesla would be proud; today there are almost a thousand independent power producers in Ontario alone.  Most of these individuals have solar panels, but some are selling wind power (and a rare few have small hydro electric dams – yes there is such a thing)

three contests on Lenzr for ipads sponsored by solar power industryThe  solar power industry now employs almost a hundred thousand people in Canada, and is rapidly expanding all over the world. Canadians import components from USA, Netherlands, Germany and Japan and China. In most cases the pieces are assembled in Canada, and some notable advances in the applications of solar power and batteries are exclusively Canadian.

In the months of August and September 2010, Lenzr can count itself among those employed in the rapidly expanding solar power sector in Canada. Three new contests are actively marketing solar power production and promoting solar energy to consumers.

Industrial roof repair company, flat roof, Toronto,The View From The Roof photo contest endeavours to collect the strange and wonderful scenery that’s ofetn only visible from rooftop, and consequently seldom seen by people who dont rise to the challenge. The sponsor of this challenge is a industrial roof repair expert who specializes in installing white roofs for solar power production. This contest shall collect the views from properties all across Canada. More details at the end, and on the Lenzr blog, All Weather Roofing Asks for your View From The Roof, win an iPad.

morning sunshine photo contest for solar power industry, raise awareness for portable solar powerThe Morning Sunshine photo contest on Lenzr is all about capturing and using solar power, in photography.

Participants are expected to use their cameras  to capture people and objects in the early morning sunshine.

Solarline Power makes clean portable solar power generators in Ontario Canada

Solarline Power assembles portable solar power generators (PSG’s) that quietly collect  deliver clean renewable energy to eco friendly habitats and construction sites, outdoor events and film productions.

Solarline Power makes and sell a mobile work unit that has on its top surface a giant adjustable solar panel that can be programmed tofollow the sun. below there are work stations that can be custimized to suit any business These units charge batteries that can replace small engines as a power source for many new eco conscious outdoor events and construction sites .

rimary objective is to help you create a backyard paradise.

people using solar power to build things is eco friendly construction sites, solar power, panels

People Building Things photo contest is also related to the solar power industry, and not just because the sponsor is an eco friendly solar powered deck building company.

Construction sites a more interesting when they happen at home, show us people building cool things in the basement, driveway, garage or backyard. Submit pics of  People Building Things and tell us the story behind the picture. Be sure and mention what’s being put together. 

In all three challenges, voting begins September 20th, the highest ranked photo will automatically Win an Apple iPad prize when all three web challenges end October 1st 2010. Must be 13yrs old or older to enter, open to all Canadians. Contest not valid in Quebec.

Wall of Shame video by Business Phone Systems installer

Here’s another crazy video by a local business phone systems installer,  S.E. Telecom.  This media was manufactured from their wall of shame photos turning into a video and put to music – to satisfy their sick sense of humour.

These are the nightmare data racks and assemblies that they’ve been called in to fix over the years.

This is good social media because everyone can relate and has seen or experienced something that’s bizarre and tangled like this – hopefully you don’t have to rely on it everyday.