100 Day Challenge #30: Make your own bubbles
We know we need to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated, but by the afternoon it sure puts a smile on our face to have a beverage with some bubbles. Unfortunately, with the sound of each can or plastic bottle opening, a little part of our environmental hearts was ripped out. It was a guilty pleasure until we purchased a SodaStream.
It wasn’t a smooth ride at first. We bought the least expensive “Fizz Classic” and were completely disappointed. We just couldn’t get enough carbonation. It tasted like water with a hint of bubbles... We returned that purchase and spent an extra $10 for a SodaStream that allows you to have 3 levels of carbonation. Now we’re talking. Our soda water was full of bubbles.
We enjoy our refreshing beverage, wash the container and do it again. It’s that simple with no waste. Thank goodness our daily sparkling water indulgence is not adding to the landfill. We also have the added advantage of knowing what we are drinking: water and bubbles and if we are in the mood, maybe a little flavor. That’s it. No extra chemicals, sugars or sodium.
Not only are you saving money each time you go to the grocery store and don’t have to buy all those cans or single-use bottles, you're also not having to haul all those heavy cases or cartons home from the store, into your home, and back out to the garbage can. You just walk to your SodaStream with your reusable container, push a button and you have a delicious beverage that is good for you and also the environment. You do have to return the CO2 cylinders to the store, so they can be returned to SodaStream to be cleaned, inspected and refilled, but that is a minor inconvenience for saving dozens of single use containers.
According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition...
“Each reusable SodaStream bottle is tested to replace over 50,000 conventional bottles and cans. By promoting the use of tap water to create sparkling water, SodaStream strives to reduce the need for traditional store-bought beverages sold in one-time-use bottles. This results in less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste, and less transport of bottled beverages.”
If you love bubbles in your drink, try a SodaStream! If you're already enjoying it at home, how about getting one for your place of work so all your coworkers can also see the benefits of reducing single-use containers?