The bins also contain an unusually high number of one-liter seltzer bottles. It's good that my three kids prefer plain and flavored seltzer to soda and juice since it's generally cheaper than those drinks and lacks their sugar or artificial sweeteners. But all that seltzer produces lots of waste, at least 15 bottles a week. I wondered whether we could cut down on the plastic bottles and maybe even save a few bucks. Giving up seltzer not being an option, I turned to home-use seltzer/soda makers.
In our 2006 review of seltzer/soda makers, covering models that use refillable CO2 cartridges (Mr. Butler's Italia Fizzy Drinkmaker, Right Choice Drinkit, Soda Club Edition I, and Soda Club Penguin) and siphon bottles that use disposable CO2 cartridges (iSi, Liss, and Mr. Fizz), the emphasis was on the quality of the seltzer and soda the devices produced, the cost to buy and use the makers, and convenience.
Today, manufacturers continue to emphasize the quality, savings, and convenience angles but also seem to be using green as a way to sway you into buying a home seltzer/soda maker. For instance, the folks at SodaStream (formerly Soda Club) make the following statement online:
I'll leave it to the experts to determine the environmental friendliness of these machines, but a home seltzer/soda maker seemed like a good move for my family, so I picked one up yesterday.
"SodaStream is an 'Active Green' product, meaning that consumers are actively reducing their CO2 footprint every time they make soda or sparkling water at home instead of buying it from the store. . . . Because SodaStream uses water straight from the tap, the system makes traditional store-bought beverage bottles obsolete. That means less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste is created, and fewer bottled beverages must be transported from manufacturers to distrobutors [sic] to stores to homes."