SodaStream and Sustainability / by Didier Young

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A few months ago, I made the acquisition of a little machine called a Sodastream. This wonderful apparatus allows you to carbonate your own water at home, providing you with a near instantaneous source of sparkling water. The consumer in me was quite overzealous in the purchase. It’s not that I wanted the machine. I felt like I needed it. However the more rational part of me wondered: How often would I use a sparkling water maker? Would it be one of those numerous impulse purchases where one would buy a new appliance, use it twice and then let it collect dust in a corner of their kitchen counter?

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Firstly, if you are letting things collect dust on your kitchen counter, I am frankly a tad worried about the things you eat. Secondly, I found myself using my SodaStream more and more. Not only was it far cheaper for me to make my own sparkling water but I could also control the level of carbonation that I wanted. However the determining factor for my Sodastream usage is very simple: It’s carbon footprint. No pun intended. For those of you who might be unacquainted with the term, carbon footprint is defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly or indirectly support human activities. While the manufacturing of the Sodastream machine and the gas canister do have some carbon footprint attached to them, you need to think about the amount of fuel consumption taking place when you need to run a factory to manufacture plastic bottles, have them filled with water and shipped off to different retailers.

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Let’s also mention the differences in the level of recycling. Often enough, people don’t think about recycling their plastic bottles and simply discard them in the trash. Even if you were to recycle all your bottles religiously, you would still be increasing the overall level of carbon footprint created by your retail purchase. A Sodastream canister can make upto 60 litres of sparkling water while only using one reusable bottle. As I have previously mentioned in multiple other blog posts, sustainability is a subject that is dear to my heart. I often talk about sustainability in fashion and in lifestyle products but it doesn’t need to end there. 

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People often think that they don’t need to contribute in trying to save our planet. We do not always believe that our personal actions help to make a change in the grander scheme of things. However, you could be the single drop of water that may trigger the tidal wave.

-Didier