"How Does SodaStream Help the Environment?
SodaStream is an "Active Green" product, meaning that consumers are actively reducing their CO2 footprint every time they make soda or sparkling water at home instead of buying it from the store. The more the system is used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint the user actively saves. (This differs from "Passive Green" products, which use green-friendly production processes, but their products are not inherently helping the consumers save on their daily footprint.)
Because SodaStream uses water straight from the tap, the system makes traditional store-bought beverage bottles obsolete. That means less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste is created, and fewer bottled beverages must be transported from manufacturers to distributors to stores to homes.
Globally, 206 billion liters of bottled water were consumed in 2008 (Zenith International Global Bottled Water Report, 2008). The energy required to make water bottles in the US only, is equivalent to 17 million barrels of oil (Container Recycling Institute, 2002).
According to the US Recycling Institute, more than 80% of bottles in the US do not get recycled and end up in landfills. Also, an estimated 4.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions were produced in the process of replacing the 134 billion bottles and cans not recycled in 2005.
Using your own home carbonation system means:
Less packaging waste from cans and bottles.
Less pollution caused by transport of bottled beverages.
One SodaStream carbonator makes 60 or 110 liters, equivalent to 170 or 310 aluminum cans! When empty, the carbonator is refilled and reused, ready to make more fizzy and tasty soda whenever you want it."
For my review, SodaStream sent me the Jet in Black, reusable carbonating bottle, reusable carbonator, and various bottles of soda flavors to sample.
The SodaStream uses regular tap water, the carbonator, and the flavoring. The first one we decided to try was the orange. I let my kids decide which one and it was a unanimous choice. We filled our reusable bottle up to the mark with water, added our flavoring and gave it three pushes for the fizz to go into the reusable bottle. The good thing about SodaStream is that you can customize how you want your drinks to taste. You control how much flavoring and fizz you put into the drink. It is like having your own custom drink station, right in your own home. The orange drink tasted very similar to the well known brand. My kids love it! We tried the Cola version of flavoring next. My husband was the tester on this one because when I do drink cola it is usually the diet version. He said that it was very good and tasted much like his old go to brand.
The SodaStream has over 60 flavors including Country Time, Crystal Light, and MyWater Flavor Essence. There is definitely no lack of variety with SodaStream. We have really been enjoying using our SodaStream and I love the flexibility of being able to have more than one flavor in the house, especially with kids. SodaStream products can be purchased at retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, and many others. They also have an online store where you can purchase their products as well. Be sure and connect with SodaStream on Facebook, Twitter, and their Ms. Fizz Blog.
Thanks to SodaStream, they have generously offered to give one Kathryn's Kloset reader their very own SodaStream start up pack which will include the following:
- Fountain Jet – winner’s choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white)
- 1 carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years
- Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda
- Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors
- 3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice
A value of $99.99. I will be featuring the SodaStream in the MamaNYC Summer Solstice Giveaway Hop 2012. The hop begins on June 18th so be sure and mark your calendars so that you can come back and enter for your chance to win a SodaStream!