Here are Gardenerd HQ there’s one person with European sensibilities who loves fizzy water in this house: my husband. So when Drinkmate offered to send me a carbonated drink maker, I jumped at the chance. I always post on Earth Day about environmental policy, and steps we can take to reduce our impact on the planet. But in this house, Earth Day is Everyday, and reusable carbonation systems like Drinkmate help keep single use disposable plastic bottles out of the landfill.
My husband buys plastic bottles filled with fizzy water all year long. Sure, they go in to the blue recycle bin, but the truth is that only 9% of plastics actually get recycled. Don’t believe me? Watch John Oliver’s recent video about it here. Folks like me have known this for years, but it’s nice to see it getting mainstream attention.
My husband was excited to test out this machine, having researched over the last few years about how to recharge a CO2 cartridge locally (for even less waste). We unboxed the unit, washed out the provided storage bottle, as instructed, and filled it with water to test.
Next we readied the ingredients for a tasty beverage. Mint, ginger, and lemon.
He dropped the mint and ginger into a glass and crushed it with a spoon, threw in some ice, and squeezed the lemon over it all. Then came the moment of truth.
“It’s fun, it’s easy, and it hits the spot,” says the husband. Given that he’s a physicist, he’s been experimenting with pressure (just how much CO2 can a bottle of water hold? How long will it last? If you store it with the carbinator cap on does it help? Does gentle agitation vs. aggressive shaking make a difference?) At present, he loves to re-pressurize right before drinking the bottle that’s been stored in the fridge.
The best news of all is that we haven’t tossed a single plastic bottle into the recycling bin since the Drinkmate arrived. And if all goes according to plan, we won’t have to replace the container that came with the unit for 2 years. And the cartridges are exchangeable locally, so that’s good too.
If we had our druthers, the bottle would be glass, but we’re not looking a gift horse in the mouth. The Drinkmate serves the purpose and saves plastic from the landfill to boot. You’ll find a slew of recipes for cocktails, mocktails, and infused waters on their website. This spring we’ll be adding home-grown blackberries, strawberries and lemon juice to our fizzy water as they come in from the garden.