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The Green Life: How to Make Your Own Soda (and Save Tons of Fossil Fuels)

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July 01, 2010

How to Make Your Own Soda (and Save Tons of Fossil Fuels)

Green soda With summer temperatures rising, millions of bottles of fizzy drinks are flying off grocery shelves. Those store-bought sodas, sparkling waters, and fruity beverages not only create tons of plastic waste, they take many gallons of fossil fuels to transport to supermarkets across the country. Why not keep things simple and green by making your own refreshing beverages?

If you want to keep your drinks fizzy, SodaStream, an “active green” product that carbonates any drink, reduces your carbon footprint with each use. Tap water or juices are instantly turned into store-quality soda using no plastic packaging and no gasoline to get it to your neighborhood store. And the SodaStream is energy-efficient, using no batteries or electricity to operate.

For other summer drink ideas that will keep plastic out of the landfill and money in your pocket, try making your own homemade, all-natural sodas through fermentation. There are plenty of recipes online, including one for blueberry soda that uses fresh fruit and ginger root, plus ones for classics such as root beer, ginger ale, and cola.

Tell us: What are your favorite homemade soda recipes?

--Sarah A. Henderson

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