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Budapest goes eco-friendly with alternatives to salt on slippery roads this winter

From this month, the team responsible for Budapest's ecological wellbeing FŐKERT will no longer be spraying roads with salt to make them safe for driving over the winter. As an alternative, they are using environmentally friendly, zeolite non-slip products.

While salt dissolves ice and snow, it is particularly harmful to the environment. When salty-snowy slush finds its way to nearby plants, or at the base of trees, they cannot absorb enough water, and the sodium chloride strips the soil of important nutrients and micro-elements.

By contrast, the new zeolite anti-slip agent now being introduced by FŐKERT is not only efficient in melting ice, but also gentle to the surrounding greenery. In fact, the zeolite increases the soil’s magnesium and potassium content, which is beneficial to plant life.

As the icing on the cake, the zeolite does not leave a corrosive residue like salt, nor stains buildings or shoes with greyish-white spots.


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