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I like so many others love to drink soda. I try to drink more water than soda or at least be a bit more health conscious of how much I drink of what. Of course, as we all know that`s not exactly the easiest thing when you`re a parent. Just recently, Soda Stream was kind enough to send me one of their soda machines along with a few flavors to try out.
If I`m trying to watch my soda drinking, why would I possibly want to try this? Well if I`m going to be drinking the "not so healthy" stuff, I would much rather do it making sure I`m doing my part to help the environment. Ok, now you`re wondering what soda could possibly have in common with the environment. Well, I`ll tell you. odaStream is an "Active Green" company, meaning that consumers actively minimize their CO2 footprint when using the SodaStream system. The more the system is used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint the user actively saves. This differs from "Passive Green" brands, which use green-friendly production processes, but their products are not inherently helping you save on your 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 and less transport of bottled beverages. Globally, 206 billion liters of bottled water were consumed in 2008 (Zenith International Global Bottled Water Report, 2008), and the energy required to make water bottles just in the US is equivalent to 17 million barrels of oil (Container Recycling Institute, 2002). A family of four could slash their home soft-drink-related packaging usage by over 90 percent simply by using a SodaStream soda maker, and SodaStream`s plastic carbonating bottle are reusable for up to three years. A typical American will toss away over 1500 aluminum cans (and/or hundreds of plastic 2-liter bottles) over three years, while a SodaStream owner will use just one carbonating bottle or carafe that come with the home soda maker.
Operating without batteries or electricity, SodaStream home soda makers are highly energy-efficient small appliances. Appliances that work without electricity improve the environment by cutting down on the emissions generated by electrical plants, giving us cleaner air and ground water.
By operating completely on power supplied by the compressed air in the carbonator--an easily renewable fuel source--SodaStream does not contribute to environmental pollution made by batteries. Empty carbonators are returned to SodaStream to be cleaned, inspected and refilled with CO2 drawn naturally from the air. Carbonators are reusable as long as they remain in good condition.
So how was my experience? The significant other and I absolutely loved this! Initially upon opening the package and seeing the box and the different syrups I was expecting this to be tricky or a lengthy process. Much to my surprise it was very simple to set up the machine and get things started. Instructions were provided, which were very easy to read and understand. Once the machine was together we got started!
After loading the carbonator into the soda-maker, fill the bottle that is provided with regular tap or filtered water and place it in the soda maker. Simply pump the button at the top of the machine a few times to add the fizz and in a matter of seconds you will have a liter of fresh soda or sparkling water in a resealable bottle that stores compactly in your fridge. When the CO2 carbonator is empty, you can visit the SodaStream web site to purchase a new CO2 cylinder as well as set up a cylinder exchange, which helps to eliminate waste. SodaStream collects your empty cylinder and returns it to our filling facility where it`s cleaned, inspected and refilled. Of course, these CO2 cylinders are said to last for up to 3 years, so need to worry about that right away!
Once everything was mixed and made we pulled out the cups to try our drink. For this review we tried out the rootbeer flavor. Much to my surprise, it tasted just like rootbeer out the store! Of course, I suggest letting it chill or add an ice cube in. We were too impatient and just drank it straight out from finishing the mix!
I love how with this machine I can enjoy my sode without going through a million plastic bottles and cans. I`m able to enjoy a great drink without harming the environment and that, to me, feels great! Hopefully next go round I can capture a video of how simple this was!
Buy it now! I absolutely LOVED my experience with this machine. In fact, I`ve been spreading the info about it to my personal friends before even writing this review. I really don`t think you will be disappointed. They have TONS of flavors, including diet flavors. You can purchase this from SodaStream, Amazon.com, or check some of your local stores.
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