Mayor Bloomberg’s edict to forgo (expensive, unfluoridated, landfill-clogging) bottled water is easy to follow; our taps produce delicious water, fresh from the Catskills. But what about carbonation? Soda-Club USA’s soda-maker ($89 at Sterling Electronics, 369 Kingston Ave., nr. Carroll St., Crown Heights; 718-756-9840) makes seltzer from tap water; fill the kit’s reusable plastic bottles, snap them into the holster, and pump a button several times until your beverage is good and bubbly (kids, particularly, love the burpy sound it makes). For more ways to avoid the plastic-bottle glut, click ahead.
The low-flow RoadRunner showerhead massages both body and water-heating bill ($40 at Green Irene LLC, 11 E. 47th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 888-212-4733; by appointment only).
Sorry, coffee-cart guys. The Tigo Filter Cup lets caffeine seekers steep loose-leaf tea on the run ($12 at McNulty’s Tea & Coffee Co., 109 Christopher St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-242-5351).
For even better New York tap water: An under-the-sink filtration system cleans for six months ($159 at Home Depot, 40 W. 23rd St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-929-9571).
Charity: water bracelet helps fund much-needed wells in places like Malawi, Liberia, and Bangalore ($5 at [eco]mpassion, 2 Great Jones St., nr. Broadway; 212-777-0707).
Hydrate via this, which looks much nicer in the fridge than a plastic bottle (New York Botanical Garden pitcher, $25 at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., at 59th St.; 212-705-2000).
Rather than filling and tossing five paper cups a day, use this—it’s double-walled porcelain with a silicone top ($20 at Urban Outfitters, 2081 Broadway, at 72nd St.; 212-579-3912).
Slow down the plastic-bottle landfill buildup (I Tap NY bottle, $14 at Exit 9, 127 Smith St., nr. Dean St., Boerum Hill; 718-422-7720).