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Plastic Free July quick facts – Chewing Gum


Chew on this


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 gum is 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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