Is SodaStream Worth It?
There are other brands of home soda machines available, but most people have heard of the SodaStream. This brand claims to have saved the use of nearly 3 billion plastic bottles and counting. There’s a lot that has been said about the consumption of bottled beverages- a LOT. In one year, 206 billion liters of bottled water were said to have been consumed worldwide, and even though they are recyclable, many times they are not recycled. In fact, according to National Geographic, for every six plastic bottles we use, only one makes it to the recycling bin. With more and more households using home soda machines like the SodaStream, this post is a hype-free overview of how this product helps reduce waste, and any opinions are entirely my own.
The SodaStream is easy to use, and requires no clean-up. After loading the carbonator into the soda-maker, you just fill the bottle with regular tap (or filtered water) and place it in the soda maker. A few presses of a button gives you a liter of fizzy, carbonated water in a few seconds. If you’re a soda drinker, you take one additional step and add one of their soda flavors or flavored syrup to your carbonated water. Overall, this product performs as advertised.
On their website, SodaStream differentiates an “Active Green” product from “Passive Green,” meaning that consumers actively minimize their CO2 footprint when using their soda maker. The more it’s used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint the user actively saves. This differs from products which use green-friendly production processes.
- SodaStream uses water straight from your tap, so that means less plastic manufactured and less plastic waste produced.
- A family of four could slash their home drink-related packaging usage by over 90% by using a home soda maker.