The Real Story On Gum + Eco-Friendly Alternatives

prch Guest Post – This surprisingly interesting post from my colleague at the Ethical Blogger Network will have you thinking twice about gum. You can find the original aticle on

The Sustainability of Chewing Gum – Overview

Your 30 Second Summary

Facts About Gum:

  • Gum’s not a modern invention
    • The Mayans chewed chicle, the sap from the sapodilla tree
    • The Greeks chewed mastiche, from the resin of the mastic tree
  • Gum is the biggest litter issue after cigarette butts
  • The main ingredient in modern gum is polyisobutylene, a synthetic rubber derived from crude oil
  • Goodyear -yes the tire company- is the main manufacturer of gum’s base ingredients
  • Worldwide people chew around 560,000 tons of gum each year
  • London spends £10 million per year cleaning up chewing gum

Sustainable Gum

Chicza is 100% natural and organically certified; it’s also sustainably harvested from the chicozapote tree in the Mayan forest and produced by a consortium of cooperatives under a fair trade scheme.… Read More


CITRUS House – Training Ground for Sustainable Urban Living

Sustainability Education Off Campus at Santa Clara University

Guest Post by: Blair Libby

In the neighborhoods surrounding colleges and universities, a growing number of houses are dedicating themselves to environmentally-conscious and sustainable living. At CITRUS (Community Initiative To Restore Urban Sustainability) House, students from Santa Clara University are practicing a cooperative and eco-friendly lifestyle.… Read More