SodaStream began in 1903. It was a carbonation system which made standard water into fizzy water; invented by Giles Gilby, it was originally sold to the upper classes. In the 1920s, different flavours were introduced. These choices included sarsaparilla and cherry ciderette. In the 1970s and 80s it enjoyed vast success, 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. In 1998 the company changed hands for the final time when purchased by Soda Club, at that time Israel’s biggest supplier of SodaStream. After Soda Club’s unsuccessful bid to rename the brand from SodaStream to Soda-Club, the name of the brand remained SodaStream.

More recently Soda Club sought to rename the SodaStream brand. Focusing on the health and diet issues that are so prevalent in this day and age, SodaStream was relaunched with a new machine and many new flavours, concentrating on promoting a healthy alternative to fizzy, sugar-rich drinks such as Coca Cola and Pepsi.

The SodaStream product is essentially a home carbonation kit; it 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 of calorie-free flavours to flavour sparkling water to great taste is sold at

The SodaStream machine process forces co2 into a water-filled bottle suitable for pressurising. The co2 turns the water into sparkling (carbonated) water. Carbonation is the term we use to describe the process of dissolving co2. The carbonated water can then be drunk on its own as sparkling water, or mixed with flavours to create tasty, healthy treats. Once the co2 canisters have been used up they can be sent back to Soda-Club who recycle the canisters by refilling them with co2 then sending them back out.

Regarding actual health and diet benefits gained from drinking SodaStream, the company assures consumers that all their flavours are completely sugar-free and contain a maximum of 2 calories per 100ml; this is, assuredly, good news for every parent concerned about a child’s 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 no major difference between it and normal water.

SodaStream have made much of their environmental and health credentials, going so far as to say that each litre bottle of SodaStream saves three aluminum cans. The result is that over a 3 year span, a family of four could slash their soft-drink-related packaging usage by over 90%. This is a big claim, one that should stand them in good stead in this environmentally conscious age. Obviously, Sodastream has developed into a realistic alternative to the big players in the soft drink world.