DIY Sustainability 

SodaStream: Water To Soda


Plastic bottles are everywhere. Even though most of us have switched over to our own BPA-free water bottles to store our water in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, plastic bottles still remain in our environment through soda pop or sparkling water bottles. How do we then minimize the amount of soda pop bottles present around us?

I’m personally not a soda lover, but I have am surrounded by many that I would have to say are ‘addicted’ to their bubbly liquids on a daily basis. Similar to the Zoku-which allows you to instantly make your own popsicles, the SodaStream machine lets you, well, make your own soda at home, essentially helping to reduce the number of soda pop bottles floating around town! And with the company’s recent collaboration with world renowned designer Karim Rashid (who was also a presenter at ideaCity back in 2000), it’s no wonder the product is getting it’s well deserved hype with it’s stunning design and also eco-friendly spin.


The drink maker comes in a variety of styles to fit any kitchen decor. Pictured above is the 2010 Genesis Limited Edition Series kit designed by Karim Rashid, which is now available online for $189 CAD. As part of the company’s commitment to it’s consumers, they have a lifetime guarantee on all their machines promising 100% customer satisfaction on their products.


Not everyone enjoys just plain soda water, so SodaStream has available a variety of simple syrups that consumers can choose from to add to their new drink. For those watching our waist lines, diet flavours are also available! The range of syrups include cola, lemon-lime, pink grapefruit, red berry mix, apple, orange, exotic fruit flavours, energy drinks, ice tea and cocktail mixers (wow, I’m getting thirsty already!). Each syrup bottle is able to flavour up to 12L of drinks before it needs to be refilled.


So now you are probably wondering how the whole thing works! The device is said to turn regular tap water (or filtered water) into carbonated water in 3 seconds! Each machine has a spot for the lightweight aluminum or steel carbonator to be inserted. Depending on which carbonator you buy, you can make up to 60L of drinks before a refill is needed.


To store the carbonated drinks, the specially designed BPA-free bottles can sustain about 3 years of usage. The bottles’ air-tight caps are able to keep drinks fresh and fizzy even longer than the store-bought cabonated beverages. You can purchase the device here starting at $169 CAD. A worthwhile investment for those bubbly drink addicts who have been drinking pop out of a can all this time, now you have no excuse in helping to foster a more eco-friendly world!

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  • http://twitter.com/m_girl07 Manley H

    Oh, so it's like a miniature version of what they have at fast food places! I used to work at one =p. Cool!

  • http://twitter.com/Khristinne Khristinne

    My husband was just telling me that he had something like this for the home when he was a kid in Poland.

  • Biztonsagi

    My god! This is like writing a post about bread! Is it is so common still in Europe, you just buy a soda maker and that's it.

  • http://www.vidafine.com ben

    Didn't know these were common in Europe, it's about time to bring them to North America!

  • http://www.vidafine.com ben

    Surprised that they are common even in the house =)

  • ecee

    I say, install one in every home as part of the way a house is built! :P maybe right on the fridge beside the automatic water/ice dispensers even!

  • JeffreyTea

    I had one in the 80s and was sad when the company stopped selling the CO2 canisters. Bought the new version this past weekend so my kids can enjoy making our own soda at home.. FABULOUS machine… SodaStream thanks for bringing it back to the market.

  • ppfrt

    no more plastic bottles, lets pump the metal industry with the C02 cylindre.

  • http://www.vidafine.com ben

    Good point, although they have a refill policy, the logistics could be confusing… How do they do it in Europe? Anyone?

  • Djshutak

    If you want soda syrups that taste as good as this machine looks, go to Pittsburgh Soda Pop