Is Home Carbonation the Next Big Green Thing? The Return of Sodastream

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Image credit: Soda Stream

Back when I was a kid growing up in England, for a brief while it seemed like every cool kid in school had a "soda stream"—a home carbonation unit that would make soda at home using nothing but tap water and concentrated syrups. My wife tells me she doesn't remember that being a big thing over here. ("This is America baby, we just bought soda".) But things may be changing. After all, there's got to be some big eco-advantages to cutting out all those soda and sparkling water bottles, not to mention all the gas it takes to get them to market. Now I've posted before on more low tech homemade soda recipes, and April has mentioned Soda Stream in her post on 3 ways to get fancy water and skip those bottles, but it seems we aren't the only ones who are looking for ways to keep our sparkle without loosing our (eco) shine.

According to Catherine Phipps over at the Guardian, home carbonation is undergoing a major resurgence:

"I hadn't thought about them for years, until pregnancy forced a degree of abstinence on me and I began a soda water and cordial habit which consumed about a litre of the fizzy stuff a day - the cost (financial and environmental) was something I worried about intermittently and on a couple of occasions I wondered whether it was still possible to buy SodaStreams, but I never got round to checking.

Then a mention in Observer Magazine jogged my memory and I decided I had to get one. To my surprise I found that SodaStream had never completely gone away (a friend admitted to buying one just a few months ago), and that they've been planning a huge relaunch."

About time too. And whether or not my wife was right about this being one of those "English things" first time around, if the Soda Stream USA website is anything to go by, this time they are firmly aiming for the US market too.

Tags: Drinks | Reusability | United Kingdom

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