A Novel Approach To Dealing With Discarded Wads Of Chewing Gum

Love this idea… Chewing gum is the second most common source of litter, behind cigarettes, not to mention stepping in it accidentally, and because it isn’t biodegradable, cities are struggling to get rid of it. Now, the BBC reports that British designer Anna Bullus has found an ingenious way of dealing with it. She’s re-purposing used chewing gum and turning it into new products normally made out of rubber or plastic.

The recycling project started with the installation of bright pink bins called ‘Gumdrops’ around sites in the UK. The containers, which are made from recycled gum themselves, come with signs informing passersbyes that any old gum dropped into the bin will be recycled. In some places, the receptacles led to an 89 percent decrease in gum litter.

The collected gum is processed with other plastic polymers at a recycling plant, and from there it’s sent to a plastic molding specialist where combs, lunchboxes, pencils, Frisbees and many other items made from gum are creating and made available to order through the Gumdrop website. How clever!

Image source: http://gumdropltd.com/gumtec-products/

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