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New Gum Is Degradable and Easily Removed From Desks

New Gum Is Degradable and Easily Removed From Desks

 

Written by Alex Davies, a Treehugger blogger

Throwing out gum isn’t much better for the environment than swallowing it is for your stomach. That’s because conventional gum doesn’t biodegrade. At all. And Americans chew around 100 million pounds of the stuff every year.

But now there’s a new kind of gum on the market, so you can freshen your breath without sullying the planet- Rev7, the degradable gum that dissolves into a fine powder in a matter of months.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen eco-friendly gum; a co-operative in the Mexican rainforest brought an organic, biodegradable version to Britain in 2009.

A big part of the problem is that many chewers don’t bother to dispose of their gum properly, throwing it on sidewalks or the undersides of furniture instead. Cleaning gum off of sidewalks is a major headache because it’s so sticky, and became such a problem in Singapore that its importation has been banned.

But Rev7 is designed not only to degrade, but to be easily cleaned. Normal gum is hydrophobic (does not mix with water), and things that dissolve immediately are hyrdophilic (mix well with water). But Rev7 is amphiphilic, a combination of both. So you can chew it, but it allows enough water to penetrate it that it will slowly break down, and can be removed from a sidewalk with normal cleaning techniques (a hose and a broom).

The new gum comes in peppermint, spearmint, and cinnamon, and depending on how good it actually tastes, it could save us all from a very sticky fate.

This post was originally published by Treehugger.

 

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9:31AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

For about a century they used to make gum from chicle, a rubbery sap from trees in the jungles of Central America. In the 1980's Wrigley's decided that petroleum-based gum was cheaper, and thousands of poor chicleros (chicle tappers/gatherers) were put out of business: score another win for petroleum-based plastic, and another loss for sustainable forests.
Btw, you can still find chicle-based gum in some health food stores.

9:45PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

nice!!

1:07AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

I have never liked to chew a gum.

4:43PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

messy, we dont call it the sidewalk in UK, we call it the pavement (u walk on). funny enit how things are diffrent but the same.

4:42PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

great news

3:54AM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

I chew gum. When I'm done I wrap it in it's wrapper and toss it in the nearest trash can. I love bubble gum. I chew it privately though. Not attractive at my age but still a lot of fun.

12:01AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Sure am glad I don't even chew it. Thanks

7:12PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Chewing gum is a disgusting habit and makes people look dumb and uneducated. Besides, it's very unhealthy as it tricks your stomach to think that food is on the way, secreting bile for nothing. Talk about heart burn, bad breath and poor digestion? Look no further!

6:46PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

I don't chew gum, even more, if it depended n me, I'll ban it in the whole planet, but have to reconize that this sounds promising.

6:01PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

I'd love to try this gum! Chewing the right gum is great for your teeth and helps your breath! If it's biodegradable as well, that would be the icing on the cake.

(And a tip for newly pregnant ladies, chewing gum can reduce morning sickness!)

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