So, earlier this week I got a SodaStream and I’ve been bragging all week about how awesome it is. As a kid I wasn’t really allowed to drink soda (or, as we call it in the Midwest, “pop”) so I’ve been making up for lost time as an adult. I know most conventional sodas are total garbage – high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and other weirdness – so I spend extra money on natural sodas and carbonated juices. Even though those are “natural,” they still come in disposable packaging, which riles up my eco-rage.

Sure, you can recycle those glass and plastic bottles and cans – but consuming those disposables just tells the companies making our food and drinks that it’s fine to keep manufacturing virgin plastics and aluminum cans because we’ll pick up their slack by recycling it all. I could bitch all day.

So far I’ve tried all the fruit flavors (lemon-lime, apple mango, orange pineapple and grapefruit) as well as the flavors we all know and love a Dr. Pepper knock-off, root beer, cream soda and ginger ale. If you’re a cola drinker it might be a little weird getting used to a new cola, but most of the other flavors are pretty true to the original but without all the chemical nasties and disposable bottles and cans. Anyway, I really like it. Check out my video to see how it works.