SodaStream came into being in 1903. It was a carbonation system invented by Giles Gilby that made standard water into fizzy water and was originally sold to the upper classes. Flavours were introduced in the 1920Õs, these included cherry ciderette and sarsaparilla. It enjoyed vast success in the 1970Õs and 80Õs, becoming a big hit in countries such as the UK, Germany and Australia.
The company underwent numerous changes in ownership, even being part of the Cadbury Schweppes empire at one stage. 1998 saw the company change hands for the final time when purchased by Soda Club, at that time, the biggest supplier of SodaStream to Israel. SodaStream remained the name of the brand after Soda Club made an unsuccessful bid to change the brand from SodaStream to Soda-Club.
More recently Soda Club sought to change the SodaStream brand. SodaStream was relaunched along with a new machine and many more new flavours, concentrating on being a healthy alternative to fizzy, sugar rich drinks such as Cola and Pepsi, focusing on the health and diet issues that are so prevalent in this day and age.
The SodaStream product is essentially a home carbonation kit, which allows you to change water into sparkling water as well as allowing you to add low calorie flavours such as cola and orange. A large assortment calorie free flavours to flavour sparkling water to great taste is sold at http://allfreightfree.com.
The SodaStream machine works by forcing co2 into a bottle suitable for pressurising that is filled with water. The co2 turns the water into sparkling or carbonated water. This process of dissolving co2 is known as carbonation. The carbonated water can then be drank on its own as sparkling water, or mixed with flavours to create tasty, healthy treat. Once the co2 canisters have been used up they can be sent back to Soda-Club who recycle the canisters, refilling them with co2 then sending them back out.
As far as the actual health and diet benefits gained from drinking SodaStream, it is claimed that all their flavours are completely sugar free and contain a maximum of 2 calories per 100ml, which is good news for parents concerned about their childrens diet.
The SodaStream machine adds only co2 to the water, meaning it does not have the added sugar that some bottled sparkling water contains, so there is little difference between it and normal water.
SodaStream have made much of their environmental and health credentials, even going so far as to say that Ôevery one litre bottle of SodaStream made saves three aluminum cans.Õ Which in turn means that Ôover 3 years, a family of four could slash their soft-drink-related packaging usage by over 90%.Õ This is quite a claim, one that in this environmentally conscious age will stand them in good stead. Sodastream has developed into a truly realistic alternative to the big players in the oft drink world.