MachineTop-GenesisI drink a ton of soda.  Too much some say.  But I love the stuff.  Although I drink mostly Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi (I am not brand loyal) I also love a good seltzer. 

Every time I go to the supermarket my cart fills up quickly with the various beverages.  I usually have four or five twelve packs of cans, another five or six two liter bottles of diet cola, and a bunch of one liter seltzers.  More often than not the cashier will say something like: “thirsty?” – to which I pretend it is the first time I ever heard it.

Then of course I drink the stuff which results in a bunch of empties – which in Massachusetts (where I live) are returnable for a 5 cent deposit.  Even with the volume of my empties, I can’t be bothered to return the bottles, so at home I save them up until I have a big bag full which I put out for the recycle truck – but more often than not get taken away by someone who is willing to do the leg work.  I am fine with that.  At the office, I put my returnables in a donation box which goes to help some local charity.

Anyway, I often think about this endless cycle of consumption and waste and think to myself:  “there has to be a better way!”

Well, I think I have finally found the alternative – make my own soda and seltzers at home. To accomplish this, I have recently ordered a home soda maker from Soda Stream.

About Soda Stream“Making carbonated water and soft drinks is simple! Turn tap water into sparkling water in under 30 seconds, with no clean-up. Enjoy the freshness and convenience of homemade soda and protect the environment at the same time. No heavy bottles to carry, store at home or throw away. Fizz to your taste and add the flavor of your choice to make your favorite drink. Simple to clean and reuse. With a variety of colors and silhouettes, you’ll be sure to find a soda maker to match with any decor.”

Of course seltzer bottles have been around forever and this is just a twist on that – but I love how they make it so easy and offer a few different cool styles of the product.  I will provide a complete report.  This could be the next slow cooker or bread machine!