Recycling plastic is a great habit but it’s always best to avoid waste in the first place when possible. In the US, producing plastic bottles requires more than 17 million barrels of oil. Many municipalities are also not fully equipped to handle recycling properly, so sorted plastic often ends up in landfills despite the best efforts of consumers. Can’t kick your soda or sparkling water habit? You can still reduce your environmental impact by making those drinks at home with a soda maker.
SodaStream, the leader in the soda maker market, offers reusable plastic bottles that last for up to three years. Want to avoid plastic bottles all together? Pick a model that offers a glass carafe. Making soda at home has caught on in environmentally conscious countries like Sweden where at least 20 percent of homes have a soda making device in their kitchen. For example, 16.5 percent of Germans households are also thinking outside the box and making soda at home. Soda making at home is not a perfect solution to environmental issues, of course, but there are some serious benefits that make it a better choice than buying bottled water or soda.
As previously mentioned, soda making at home helps reduce the use of single use plastic. Bottled water is an amazingly helpful tool for emergency kits and humanitarian efforts but it’s become a daily habit for the majority of it’s consumers everywhere. Worldwide, billions of liters of water are bottled and thrown away annually. Reusable bottles for soda makers help reduce that number and have a 50 to 60 percent lower impact on global warming than single use bottles. Having sparkling water readily available also encourages people to stay more hydrated.
In an effort to make a sustainable product, machine parts for soda makers are often recyclable. For example, many of SodaStream’s packages are totally recyclable and BPA free. The company also does not use materials that can produce phthalates, PCBs, or polycarbonate materials. SodaStream’s CEO, Daniel Birnbaum says the company hopes to promote, "environment, sustainability, health and wellness, and convenience.”