Hey Mr. Green,
I know that bottled water is bad and rarely buy it. However, I really enjoy seltzer water. Is there a way to make my own at home and save on bottles and shipping? --Melinda in Lakeland, Florida
You're right about bottled water. It's been so thoroughly and convincingly ripped for so many reasons by so many critics that it's amazing anybody still buys the stuff. The U.S. wholesale cost alone is $10 billion annually, and worldwide sales exceed $50 billion. That $50 billion, if invested in water systems, could provide safe drinking water for the billion of our thirsty fellow humans who don't have it and save the lives of the 2.2 million who die from waterborne diseases every year.
But even if you must have your fizz fix, you can bypass bottle buying. Soda makers, which use refillable carbon dioxide cylinders, and soda siphons, which have single-use cartridges, are easy to use and cost about $50 to $300. If you need further guidance, go to consumerreports.org and search for "A Missed Pop-ortunity" (or click here).