At any rate, I've had an ongoing argument with my (eco-nut) husband for approximately 15 years about the evils of drinking beverages from bottles and cans. The upshot: It's bad for the world.
In honour of Earth Day (is it Earth Day all over the world? Or is it an Ontario thing?), I have finally purchased a Soda Stream:
|This is the Pure, which I bought for $179.00. It's not gorgeous, but it somehow won a design award nonetheless. I intended to get the top-of-the-line Penguin unit, but I was surprised to see how plastic-flimsy it looked.|
Make no mistake, I have been researching this for years. The problem has been that, until sometime in the last 6 months, the carbonation cartridges were not easily available in Canada and the regulations in Canada are different than those in the US. So getting refills would have been a major pain involving ongoing expense and couriers. What a surprise.
Finally, and because a coworker just started looking into the product for her own purposes, I discovered that The Bay has started selling - not only the soda stream units - but also the cartridges and all of the accoutrements. And the cartridges are recyclable by returning them to the housewares desk for a discount on the purchase of new ones.
People, it was time.
So, tonight we set it up - took 10 minutes start to finish - and the result is terrific. Tap water has never been so palatable! You're supposed to use branded syrup to turn the water into fun-style pop, but we prefer it plain.
Just to be exciting, I made up a cream soda recipe (not sure if this has anything to do with how actual cream soda is made) by combining a tablespoon of maple syrup (real, natch) with a teaspoon of vanilla extract (also real). It was tasty-yum and indistinguishable from any cream soda I've ever bought.
One of the reasons I was initially so committed to purchasing the Penguin unit is that it's the only one that comes with glass bottles. I tend to find that carbonation and plastic are a gross mix. Happily, the Soda Stream plastic bottles (the ones that come with the Pure unit, which I bought) are extremely firm and the bubbles respond to them as if they were glass.
Another thing I love about this product is that you can carbonate the water to your taste. I like a lot of bubbles - so I press the carbonation button 3 times. If you prefer it a bit less bubbly, you can save on cartridge use by pressing the button once or twice.
So, has anyone else used one of these? In truth, I haven't found a negative review. Let's talk.