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Reducing waste by reducing packaging

Our sodastream still rocks!

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It’s been a number of months since we purchased our Sodastream. Our weekly recycling has been noticeably reduced. I admit there are still the occasional renegade single-use plastic soda bottles in there. Not from me. Mostly from my husband. He will buy one while at work or get a two-litre with a pizza order to meet a minimum dollar amount.

We both have our favorite flavors. He likes the more natural Cola flavor. It’s a bit pricier than their regular one but healthier is healthier. Either way all of the Sodastream flavors are high-fructose corn syrup free. I like the sparkling water flavors. They are packaged in three’s in little glass bottles. Just knowing I can have pop anytime I want makes it less appealing to me. I do really like ginger ale when I’m sick though. Sodastream has a really nice sparkling natural ginger ale.

Just adding a spash of juice to the sparkled water tastes great too. Sometimes simple works.

When we came back from a family vacation a few months ago I realized that I should have brought the Sodastream. It is a very compact machine that wouldn’t use up much room in our car. Pop drinking seems to increase on vacation for some reason. Might as well do it in a more environmentally friendly way.

I am still thinking of homemade soda syrup recipes. A customer of mine suggested trying honey to replace sugar. Right now I am working on keeping my weight on track so taste testing pops is not really an option. Maybe in the summer.

As I wrote in my first Sodastream post, my husband will never give up pop completely. It’s about compromise. Sodastream is that compromise. I will be looking into finding name brand syrup in larger quantities to reduce the waste further but so far I am very pleased with it. I recommend any pop or sparkling water drinker to consider the Sodastream.

~Stephanie

They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?
Princess Diana

I’m free. I just do what I want, say what I want, say how I feel, and I don’t try to hurt nobody. I just try to make sure that I don’t compromise my art in any kind of way, and I think people respect that.
Erykah Badu

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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