April 21, 2011
Sodastream using "green" to sell seltzer
Green interests are increasingly promoting the D.I.Y. seltzer movement, as evidenced by this recent video from SodaStream.
From the SodaStream YouTube channel:
"Highlights of SodaStream's environmental speaker series at the 2011 International Home and Housewares Show. The average American household uses over 2000 plastic bottles and aluminum cans each year, and less than 25% are recycled. Making soda with SodaStream can reduce your carbon footprint, and it tastes great, too!"
February 10, 2011
Okay, this looks TOTALLY crazy to me. The DIY movement I usually admire - the why-buy-when-I-can-make-it-myself crowd. But carbonation is SERIOUS business - you're dealing with pressure and things explode. Seltzer delivery men had to (and still have to) contend with the potential of losing hands to exploding glass. Yet, some folks would rather take the risk.
For those looking for the "Clffs Notes" summary of how this works: Take a 20lb CO2 Tank and regulator, attach a tube, and stick a 99 cent locking ball air chuck (tire inflator) on the end of the tube. Pop a cheap snap-in tire valve (schrader valve) into a plastic soda bottle cap and you're ready to carbonate any liquid in about 30 seconds. Colder liquids absorb more carbonation.
And in the end it still costs $100. Why not just by a SodaStream? Of most interest to me are the health and environmental reasons justifying this towards the end.
More at Instructables.
July 01, 2010
Don't Forget Your Cup
This great article from YIVO on European Jewry and health has this fantastic image from the 1920s from a spa:
Sara Berland and her daughter, Felicja, from Chełm, visiting Krynica, a town in Poland famous for its spa, 1920s. It was traditional for visitors to a spa to carry around their own cups, which they used for drinking the mineral waters distinctive to each spa. (YIVO)