Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Alternative to Store Bought Soda

I must be overtly verbal about my war on plastic now, because recently my roommate came home and handed me an article from USA Weekend. This article is about a healthier alternative for all you fellow soda addicts out there to reduce the amount of packaged soda you purchase. Soda Club USA offers a machine that allows you make your own soda at home by using the provided reusable bottles.

The Fountain Jet home soda makers run for about $70, and a start up kit, which includes mixers to create your own flavors, will run you about $94 (plus shipping and handling, of course). What’s nice about this product is that it only takes 30 seconds to make your soda and the provided container is reusable! Also the Fountain Jet runs on compressed air in the machine, so no electricity is needed. If you choose to dispose of any of the equipment, most of the products and parts are recyclable, and you can see the specific codes on their website.

The flavors provided range from your run-of-the-mill Cola and Root Beer to your not-so-common flavors like Diet Pink Grapefruit and Cranberry-Apple. Also, the regular flavors are a healthier alternative than store-bought regular soda because they are made with a combination of Splenda and sugar thereby reducing the amount of sugar by 2/3.

For somebody like me who consumes diet soda like it's my lifeline, this product could be a nice replacement to store-bought soda. It would definitely reduce the amount of plastic I end up having to recycle. And the idea of not having to lug two liter bottles of soda from the store to my apartment sure is appealing.

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