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Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 08:55 am

Conservation Consumerism: Sodastream

In Michigan, they say pop.

Though with Central/Northern accents it sounds like PAHH-p.

People in my state also keep their excess pop in the garage. Do you guys in Illinois do this? (Coworkers Pat and Amanda said their families do, but I need more opinions!) I'd never heard of this bizarre tradition until I moved to Michigan as an elementary schooler and started visiting friends' houses. They'd always ask me if I wanted a pop, and then head out the door. I don't get this. Sure, it stays cold in the winter. But what about in the summer? Isn't it lukewarm and disgusting that way? Why are you keeping beverages in the place where you store your car/lawnmower/excess dog food?

My family keeps our soda in the basement fridge, you freaks.

No matter what you call it, or how you store it, most of us drink a lot of pop.

Sodastream wants to revolutionize how we drink it.

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This company has invented a product that allows families to make their own carbonated beverages at home, whenever they choose. They claim Sodastream will save money, and the environment by reducing the use of disposable bottles and cans.

Sodastream converts tap water to carbonated water in less than a minute, and with the addition of flavor packets, produces individual servings of any soft drink.

I love the idea of no more empty cans!

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.

It's an interesting idea, and I can see how it'd be cost-effective, but I'm not sure I could see myself spending upward of $100 on the machine itself, plus the carbonators and flavor packets and all the accessories. Still, I spend an average $6 a week on diet coke (yes, I recycle the empties), so I can see how it'd be a good investment.

I'm not sure I personally have the time and energy to make my own soda every day, but again, I can see how it would be beneficial. I mean, I make coffee. It's not like it'd be that different. I know we often shrug off earth-saving ideas just because they seem more time-consuming. I'm trying to work on that, because it's important for me to take those extra steps to make a difference.

Maybe someday, when I've got a stable income, I'll buy my own soda-maker. I love the idea of having what ever flavor I want, without having to buy a 12-pack. Also, as someone with a citrus allergy (why is lemon a staple ingredient in everything these days?), I could get unique flavors like cran-raspberry without spending a lot of money.

Has anyone tried making their own soda? With the individual servings, at the very least you won't need to store it in your garage!

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