This Friday marks Earth Day 2011, when we all try to educate ourselves about green living and raise awareness for environmentalism. Here at The Blender we’ll be offering daily tips all week on reducing waste and cultivating a more sustainable lifestyle.
It’s no secret bottled water and other store-bought sodas are wasteful and bad for the environment. Considering a vast majority of bottles in the US don’t get recycled and end up in landfills, more packaging equals more trash.
The US consumes more bottled water than any other country, purchasing 37 billion bottles in 2005 — and throwing away money at the same time. Fact: It’s about 1,000 times more expensive to buy bottled water than it is to produce it.
Still, sparkling water lovers can keep their bubbles while reducing their carbon footprint. The SodaStream Pure Sparkling Water Maker uses water straight from the tap to create sodas and sparkling water, so you can say goodbye to plastic bottles and save your shopping money.
Bonus: The CO2 canister in the carbonation system makes up to 60 liters of sparkling water, the equivalent 170 cans. And when you add in your own syrups and juices for extra flavor, it’s likely much healthier than a Coke.