In order to try to reduce our carbon footprint, we are attempting to reduce our dependence on single use bottles. We don’t drink that much actual soda, but the kids love those carbonated water in cans, either to mix with fruit juice or just to drink with a sliver of lemon. But cases of soda water are not free, and they take a lot of energy (mine and the ferry’s) to get them to the island. So we got a soda stream carbonator. (We got ours half price at Coastal Cupboard in Belle Hall.)
This model came with two glass bottles, which we fill with water and leave in the refrigerator, because cold water stores more bubbles. Whenever someone wants a soda, they pull out the bottle, crank up the penguin, and voila! soda water. You aren’t supposed to carbonate anything but water, but we find that we can reconstitute a fizzy drink by simply adding more fizzed water. And, there are no flat half cans left around any more, which drove me crazy. We are not particularly fond of the syrups that soda stream sells, because they all come with splenda, but a splash of grapefruit, pineapple, or cranberry juice does the trick. AND, there is no trash or recycling– we just keep reusing the two glass bottles that came with it.
The EPB just published this other information about reducing your carbon footprint:
REDUCING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT WHILE REDUCING OIL CONSUMPTION
- It takes 38 million gallons of oil to produce a billion plastic bottles.
- Plastic bags kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures each year.
- Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 styrofoam coffee cups each year.
Try these simple measures to reduce our dependency on oil:
- Drink tap water. Use a filter if taste is an issue. Use powdered drinks rather than bottled sodas.
- Use cloth or recycled plastic bags for groceries.
- Take your own coffee cup to your favorite coffee shop.