In my ongoing efforts to consume less Coke, I’ve started drinking more club soda. Or soda water. Or Perrier. In short, bubbly water. It’s a poor substitute for the demon nectar that is Coca-Cola, but, you know, all things in moderation.
After considering the financial and environmental cost of all those two-litre bottles of club soda, I thought I’d try an alternative solution.
I bought a SodaStream from London Drugs for CAN $99. It’s incredibly simple. It carbonates water, and doesn’t even need electricity to do so. The SodaStream uses canisters of carbon dioxide, each good for about 60 litres of carbonated water. The canisters are recyclable wherever I buy a new canister, which costs about $35.
It comes with two reusable plastic one-litre bottles. The only trick is that the water needs to be cold before you inject it with carbonation magic. I guess the process works better at lower temperatures?
So, $134 buys you 60 litres of bubbly water. That’s probably more than you’d pay at Save-on-Foods, but the price goes down to about $0.75 after the third canister. The sums are all pretty small, but it’s nice to be on the right side of them.
SodaStream, of course, wants to sell me a variety of foul-looking syrups to add to my soda. I’ll pass, as the whole point is to reduce my liquid sugar intake. I mostly stick with plain bubbly water. If I’m feeling really indulgent, I add a little lime cordial.
I’m not somebody who loves gadgets, and I particularly have no interest in kitchen gadgets. However, this device has improved my life by, what, 0.8%.