With the exception of ‘natural’brands, all of the chewing gum on sale is made from butadiene- based synthetic rubber, a polymer – a plastic product made from oil (very much like the stuff we use to make car tyres). You probably had no idea that you were chewing on what is essentially a lump of malleable plastic and that’s not surprising, because the manufacturers don’t actually tell you as much – they kind of dodge around the detail.
80-90% of chewing gumis not disposed of properly and it’s the second most common form of litter after cigarette butts. According to Just One Ocean we are creating 100, 000 tonnes of plastic pollution from simply chewing gum…
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