With the rapidly increasing pace of climate change and looming environmental crisis, it’s becoming more and more important for us to consider our impact on the environment, both as a society and as an individual.
Change may be needed on a global scale but the best way to create change is by starting with yourself and your family.
There are dozens of ways to reduce your impact on the environment. If your first thought when you think “sustainable lifestyle” is “raw vegan”, you’re not wrong, but there are many other ways to make your life more sustainable without giving up too many of the things you enjoy.
One great way to live a more sustainable lifestyle without sacrificing your quality of life is by purchasing a SodaStream machine and switching to homemade soda.
What Is a SodaStream Machine?
The SodaStream machine makes it easy to carbonate your own soda. It’s sleek and comes in a variety of styles and colors so you can be sure there’s one that will match your kitchen.
All you need to do to start making your own soda is put the CO2 canister into the machine, fill one of the SodaStream bottles with water and push a button to carbonate. The bottles and CO2 canisters you need both come with the machine.
Most models use plastic bottles, but some use glass carafes. All SodaStream bottles are BPA-free. Some models also use a lever instead of a button. Most people prefer models that use the button.
How Does the SodaStream Help You Eliminate Waste?
A SodaStream machine won’t completely eliminate the amount of waste your family produces in a given week, but if you’re regularly drinking commercial soda or sparkling water, a SodaStream machine can seriously reduce the size of your recycling pile.
If you or somebody else in your family routinely drinks commercial soda, you’ve probably noticed how quickly the cans and bottles add up. They’re frustrating to carry home and even more frustrating to throw out, especially when you think about how toxic for the environment plastic actually is.
While recycling all your plastic is a good start, it’s even better to eliminate the waste altogether. A SodaStream machine will allow you to enjoy whatever flavor of soda you want without throwing away all those plastic bottles. The plastic bottles that come with most SodaStream machines are reusable for up to three years.
If you want to go completely plastic-free, you can always choose one of the models that comes with a glass carafes. As an added bonus, the glass carafes are also dishwasher-friendly.
Making Your SodaStream Even More Environmentally Friendly
To reduce your impact on the environment even more, opt to create your own soda recipes instead of purchasing drink mixes from SodaStream. While the SodaStream drink mixes are also fun to experiment with, they do come in plastic bottles and if you’re in North America, they’re coming pretty far to reach your house.
You can also get your SodaStream fitted with a special adapter so you can use paintball CO2 tanks. These are a little bit larger than your normal SodaStream CO2 canisters and can be refilled anywhere.
Since SodaStream’s main factories are in Israel and this is where most of their products are shipped from, purchasing a paintball CO2 tank that you can refill in your neighbourhood will help you seriously reduce your impact on the environment. Oh, and it’s usually a fair bit cheaper to refill a paintball tank.
While the most environmentally-friendly and healthiest option might be to forego soda altogether, a SodaStream machine allows you to create a more sustainable lifestyle without giving up the soda you’ve come to love.